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NHRA Announces Changes to Comp Eliminator
From NHRA -

Bolstering its initiative to increase sportsman participation, NHRA is announcing changes for Competition Eliminator beginning in 2016. Changes are being made to the Competition Index Control system that was originally introduced in the eliminator in 1990. The changes are as follows:

- All classes will have .10-second added to the class index at the end of the 2015 season.

- The “Mineshaft” policy introduced a few years ago to decrease the potential for index adjustments when favorable atmospheric and/or track conditions may contribute to extraordinary performances will now include any event where the first entry in the bottom half of the qualified field is .610 under the racer’s class index. Previously the policy only applied in fields of 13 or more cars.

- A new “Personal Index” is being added to the CIC system, to decrease the potential for class index adjustments when favorable conditions at an event may contribute to extraordinary performances that may not be the case in other parts of the country. The personal index will be applied when an individual records a .610 under or greater run during eliminations. The class index will only be adjusted when a run of .710 or greater is recorded during eliminations. Both will be adjusted on .01 increments with no plateaus up to a .10 maximum adjustment per event to a class index.

- Once a driver establishes a personal index in two classes, that driver is restricted to competition in the affected classes only and will not be allowed to compete in any other Comp class for the remainder of the current season. If a driver establishes a personal index in only a single class, the driver will be allowed to compete in any Comp class.

- All qualifying will be based off of the class index. Any elimination run between cars in the same class will be heads up based off of the class index.

- NHRA will continue to monitor indexes and performances and will make necessary adjustments at any time that it may deem necessary to maintain parity in the eliminator.

Drag Racers Right At Home At PRI
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - Indianapolis, the home of drag racing’s biggest event and many of the top teams in the sport - and the home of the 28th annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, where drag racing teams look to find the latest innovation that can provide them even the slightest edge in a sport where winning and losing often comes down to one-thousandth of a second. This year’s PRI Trade Show will take place at the Indiana Convention Center from December 10–12, with Race Industry Week beginning on Monday, Dec. 7.

“The drag racing market has always been a high-profile feature of every PRI Trade Show going back decades,” said John Kilroy, PRI Trade Show producer. “The sport has never been more competitive, and that’s why you see all the top teams here examining the newest innovations.”

In addition to finding the top teams in the sport, you’ll also find many of the sport’s top drivers meeting with suppliers and sponsors, as well as checking out new products. “I always like going to PRI,” said recently crowned NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown. “I love technology and PRI gives you the opportunity to see what’s new and what’s out there. Our sport is just so competitive. We lost a race this season by two ten-thousandths of a second, so everyone is out there looking for even the slightest advantage.”

Technology and innovation obviously play a huge role at PRI, but the ability to get out in front of the industry and interact with the huge drag racing presence at the show is a crucial aspect that can’t go overlooked. “We planned out the entire kickoff of our new team last year at PRI and it couldn’t have gone better,” said Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, who unveiled the new Parts Plus/Great Clips team. “All of your sponsors and partners are there. I love going to the PRI Show. It’s a great place to do business, but as a car guy it’s just a fun place to be.”

Of course, in the end, PRI is really about two things – suppliers being able to show off the most innovative racing products in the industry and attendees looking to buy.

For additional information on the 2015 PRI Trade Show, or hotel and travel information, visit www.pri2015.com.

New Year Nationals at South Georgia Motorsports Park
Cecil, GA – Ring in the New Year right at South Georgia Motorsports Park and the 2016 New Year Nationals, coming up Friday – Sunday, January 1 – 3, 2016. Classes include Super Pro, Bottom Bulb and Jr. Dragsters.

Super Pro pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. All payouts based on 75 car minimum. Entry is $115 per day or $300 for the weekend. $50 buybacks; door cars are separate from the dragsters until the ladder.

Bottom Bulb pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. All payouts based on 75 car minimum. Entry is $115 per day or $300 for the weekend. $50 buybacks; footbrake is separate from the transbrakes until the ladder.

Jr. Dragster pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $25 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. All payouts based on 50 car minimum. Entry is $60 per day or $150 for the weekend. $50 buybacks. Gates open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:00 am and eliminations following.

Wrap-Up: Dick Moroso 5-Day Bracket Championship at PBIR
JUPITER, Fla. (November 20, 2015) - On Wednesday, November 18 racing was plagued by numerous morning showers delaying time runs. At around 1 pm the cars began to make their first passes only to be stopped again by rain. Once the track was dried drivers were eager to get racing and test the surface for the first time.

As eliminations began just after 5 pm, drivers were fierce off the starting line with lightning quick reactions times making the first round of eliminations intense. Just as everyone began to fall into the racing rhythm with cars continuing to go down the track, everything was halted by mother nature again. After surveying the track conditions, officials decided to stop racing for the night and pick up in the morning.

When the morning arrived on Thursday it was a different story concerning weather... the sun was shining! Racing quickly resumed with some racers starting to show their prowess. Sean Lewis from Hampstead, Maryland had quick reaction times throughout the eliminations going .000, .007, .003 only to be knocked out in Round 7. Lewis faced off against fellow Maryland resident Bobby Spence of Woodbine. Spence went on to receive a bye run for the Semi Finals while the No. 1 qualifier Luke Bogacki from Caterville, Illinois faced Peeps Pennington. Bodacki went -.007 seconds on the light giving the win to Three Rivers, Texas resident Pennington. Spence, dialing in at 5.86 seconds, now faced Pennington for the final, who dialed in at 5.86 seconds. Pennington fired off a .009 second reaction time and ended up taking the win light.
Race 2 started immediately following the completion of Race 1, allowing competitors only one time run before going into eliminations. Kenny Underwood from Delaware, Ohio took the No. 1 qualifying position in his 2015 Rattler while pulling double duty driving two cars. Underwood drove both his race cars deep into the quarter finals where his 1967 Camaro got knocked out.

Dave Connolly of Bradenton, Florida made his way into the finals while continuing to lay down consistent and fast reaction times, a skill he is famous for. Connolly dialing in at 5.91 seconds faced off against Underwood who dialed in at 6.26 seconds for the finals. The pass was very close with Connolly getting the win light. It was a huge celebration for Connolly as the win catapulted him into the points lead as well.
As the sun rose on Saturday morning to get underway for Race 3, the weather forecast again gave race officials an uneasy feeling with a very doubtful outlook of getting any racing in on Sunday. Officials decided to pack Saturday with Race 3 and 4 in the hopes of getting the most possible racing complete.

Race 3 started at 10 am and pairs of cars were going down the track every 45 seconds to minimize downtime. Todd Ewing of Vinemont, Alabama took the No. 1 qualifying position and continued on to make it into the finals. Points leader Dave Connolly was knocked out in Round 5, while Kenny Underwood made it to the Quarter Finals securing both racers good points scoring positions. Ewing faced off against Tommy Norton from Huntingtown, Maryland. Norton dialed in at 6.05 seconds to that of Ewing at 5.98 seconds. Both reaction times were within .002 seconds but it was Norton that took the win light running a 6.058 seconds at 167.63 mph.

Race 4 started immediately following the completion of Race 3 on Saturday. At around 3 pm the storm scheduled for Sunday rolled in early halting all racing on the drag strip. Rain continued into the evening hours and by all forecasts, was set to continue well in Sunday. PBIR Officials decided to call Race 4 a rain out and cancel Race 5 entirely. The decision was made in the best interests of the racers to allow them ample time to make the trip home safely.

Final Results
Race 1: Peeps Pennington (5.95), 5.963 seconds, 157.21 mph def. Bobby Spence (5.86), 5.844, 170.39 mph.
Race 2: Dave Connolly (5.91), 5.924 seconds, 169.17 mph def. Kenny Underwood (6.26) 6.271 seconds, 162.72 mph.
Race 3: Tommy Norton (6.05), 6.058 seconds, 167.63 mph def. Todd Ewing (5.98), 6.010 seconds, 153.86 mph.
Points Champion: Dave Connolly - 232 Points

For more information regarding PBIR visit www.RacePBIR.com.

34th Annual Citrus Nationals at Palm Beach International Raceway
Palm Beach County's biggest drag racing event of 2015 comes to PBIR. The 34th Annual Citrus Nationals are coming up Friday - Sunday, November 27-29, 2015. Pro Mods, Top Eliminator, Super Eliminator, The Beat The Heat World Finals, Street Bike, Junior Dragsters, and more compete for more than $43,000 in prize money. The Pro Show will feature the return of Bob Motz in his jet powered Kenworth semi-truck, the Larsen Motorsports jet dragster team, Danny O'Day in the Superwinch wheelstander, and more.

Race classes include Pro Mod ($10,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,500 Semis and $800 Quarters; entry $275), Outlaw 632 ($1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $100 Quarters; entry $125), Ultra Street ($1,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $300 Semis and $150 Quarters; entry $125), X-632 ($2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $450 Semis and $300 Quarters; entry $200), Top ET (box, $2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $100 Quarters; entry $70, buybacks are $35) and Super ET (no-box, $1,500 Win, $900 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $60 Quarters; entry $60, buybacks are $30).

Gates open 8:30 am Friday and 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.RacePBIR.com for full event info and complete class and schedule info.

Holiday Bracket Bash at Auto-Plus Raceway
Gainesville, FL - Auto-Plus Raceway closes out its 2015 season on Saturday, December 5 with the Holiday Bracket Bash. The 1/8 mile race will feature a $3,000 to win Box category and a $2,500 to win No-Box category. The payout structure in Box is $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis and $150 Quarters. Entry is $65, buybacks are $35. The payout in No Box is $2,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $65, buybacks are $35.

Delay-boxes and throttle stops are permitted only in Box. Down-track stutter boxes are prohibited. The use of a delay box in No Box is strictly prohibited, however the use of a trans-brake, 4-wheel line-lock or auto-shifter is allowed. Drivers must be able to verify delay box is disconnected from car if vehicle is participating in the "No-Box" category. Door-cars only in "No-Box" category. One driver can participate in both categories, and one car can be used in both categories. However, two drivers can NOT share a car in the same class. Deep staging is honored.

Gates open at 9:30 am with time runs at 10:30 am. Visit AutoPlusRaceway.com for more info.

Witherow, Moren, and Lloyd Claim 2015 Raider ET Series Championships at MDIR

Mechanicsville, MD - Steve Witherow, Chris Moren, and Allison Lloyd each claimed their stake as the 2015 Raider ET Challenge Series champions at Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) as the season long campaign was completed with the final two day event on October 25th.

The 12th season of the Raider ET Challenge Series was originally scheduled for 8 races over four weekends between Richmond Dragway, Virginia Motorsports Park, and Maryland International Raceway. Weather got the best of the original schedule reducing this year’s chase to 6 races at 3 events with the July race at VMP being a rain out. With the reduced number of series events, this weekend’s results became even more crucial for racers looking to claim the series class championships along with a Gold Iron Tree Trophy, over $150,000 in total cash and awards overall including the “Major Sponsorship” awards provided by over 25 participating business partners to year end winners.

In Top ET, Steve Witherow of Sumerduck, VA, overcame his 2nd place position and a 20 point deficit entering the weekend, to then points leader Will Kivett of Waldorf, MD to claim the season championship. The battle came down to the very last day of competition after both racers went an identical 5 rounds of action on Saturday. Kivett would bow out in the 2nd round the final day, while Witherow and his ’14 Racetech dragster would eventually finish the day in the runner-up spot to Michael Boswell of Mechanicsville, MD and claim the crown with 360 points to Kivett’s 350. Jack Trussell also of Summerduck, VA, used a strong weekend to claim the 3rd place position with 300 points. Witherow has now claimed 3 of the last 4 championships, also winning in the ’12 and ’13 seasons.

In Mod ET, Chris Moren of Henrico, VA, used a 41 point advantage entering the weekend to propel him to the season ending championship position, finishing with 381 total points with his ’68 Dart. Steve Witherow used a strong finish in Mod ET as he did in Top ET, including a race win on Sunday to propel himself to a 2nd place finish with 331 points. Local standout and ’15 MDIR track champion Bobby Mattera of Waldorf, MD rounded out the top 3 with 321 points.

In what turned out to be the tightest points chase of the season, Allison Lloyd of Doswell, VA claimed the Junior Dragster championship via a tie-breaker over Chad Logan of Nokesville, VA. Both competitors would finish the 6 race season with an identical 351 points forcing a tie-breaker to determine the winner. Both racers each won one race on the season and each had one runner-up to their credit. Lloyd would claim the crown in the fourth tie-breaker via a better finish in the ’14 season! Roger Thornton of North Chesterfield, VA finished in 3rd with 321 points.

It’s a Frenzy at Piedmont
The Fall Footbrake Frenzy VII is coming up Friday – Sunday, November 27-29, 2015. These 1/8-mile races pay big bucks on all three days.

Friday’s and Sunday’s races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $400 6th Round Win if 9-round race, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry per day is $100, 1st Round buybacks are $60.

The big race is Saturday and pays $20,000 Win, $1,000 Semis, $650 6th Round Win if 9-round race, $500 5th Round Win, $350 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $230, 1st Round buybacks are $100.

Enter the weekend for $380. No dragsters, altered or bikes. Left-hand steer roadsters are OK. Deep staging honored, double-entries permitted.

All payouts based on 150 entries. Gates open for parking Thursday at 5:00 pm. Gates open Friday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:30 am. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:30 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am with a new-entry time trial at 12:15 pm. New entries must be new car and new driver. Visit www.PiedmontDragway.com.

Manufacturers Series Adds Two New Tracks in 2016

The Manufacturers Series reveals its 2016 schedule which includes nearly forty events throughout the U.S., and the addition of two new host tracks: Cordova International Raceway and Heartland Park Topeka. Designed to offer something for every Chevy, Ford, and Mopar enthusiasts, the Manufacturers Series takes place at 13-facilities throughout the U.S. Each Manufacturers Series event, Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford, and Mega Mopar Series is operated by its respective host track and showcases a car show, drag racing, vendor midway, swap meet and car corral.

New in 2015, the Manufacturers Series started its own television show: The Menards Chevy Series which currently airs on Velocity, Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. EST. The 30-minute program features high caliber Chevys, unique restoration stories from car owners, and various winners of sponsor awards including the Duracell “Crank It With The CopperTop Award”, the RockAuto “Restored Award”, the Original Parts Group, Inc. “Original Award,” and the Minties “Top Dog Award.”

Also joining as a new track for the 2016 season will be Heartland Park Topeka. Jim Farnum, who recently took over the track is excited to offer fans in the Topeka, Kansas City, Wichita, and Manhattan Kansas areas, as well as fans from the Omaha Nebraska, and Des Moines Iowa regions a chance to bring their muscle cars out to the multi-use facility. Heartland Park includes a drag strip and road course that can be used at the Manufacturers Series events.

2016 Super Chevy Show
Palm Beach, FL March 19-20
Memphis, TN April 8-10
Petersburg, VA May 14-15
Martin, MI May 21-22
Topeka, KS June 18-19
Dallas, TX July 2
Reading, PA July 15-17
Cordova, IL July 30-31
Denver, CO August 12-13
Rockingham, NC September 24-25
Bristol, TN September 30-October 2
St. Louis, MO October 15
Bakersfield, CA November 5-6
2016 Fun Ford Series
Rockingham, NC April 30
Cordova, IL May 21
Denver, CO June 12
Petersburg, VA June 18
Martin, MI July 10
St. Louis, MO July 16
Topeka, KS July 23-24
Bristol, TN August TBD
Memphis, TN August 27
Bakersfield, CA September 17-18
Reading, PA September 17
Palm Beach, FL October 15
Dallas, TX November 5
2016 Mega Mopar Series
Dallas, TX April 2
Rockingham, NC April 2
Cordova, IL May 21
Reading, PA May 22
Denver, CO June 5
Martin, MI July 10
Topeka, KS August 6-7
Memphis, TN August 27
Petersburg, VA September 17
Bakersfield, CA September 17-18
Palm Beach, FL October 15
Wrap-Up: 2015 World Cup Finals at MDIR

Mechanicsville, MD – Hundreds of teams and 22,000 fans from across the United States, Canada and all over the globe poured into Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD for the 20th Annual Haltech World Cup Finals Import vs. Domestic event.

Eighteen competitors took to the MDIR track in Outlaw vs. Extreme competition gunning for the $10,000 cash prize. This fan favorite class did not disappoint with several low 6-second passes, wild rides, fire and air all weekend long.

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IHRA Finals at Piedmonth Dragway Postponed

The Summit Team Finals events for IHRA D1 and D9 at Piedmont Dragway that were rained out have now been officially postponed until the spring of 2016.

“Piedmont Dragway and IHRA have been frantically trying to come up with a viable rescheduled date for these events ever since they rained out,” said IHRA Division Director Josh Peake. “Piedmont has a very aggressive schedule of events for the remainder of the year that are contracted out to other promoters. The track tried to shuffle around their dates for us to get these Summit Team Finals events in, but unfortunately the agreements they have with the other people who have events coming up could not be moved. Given the circumstances, we decided that our best bet to have these events under better conditions and to give all our racers a chance to better plan these events into their schedules was to wait until the spring. We will have dates finalized with the track in the next few weeks and will let everyone know just as soon as possible.”

PBIR to Host the Real Pro Mod Association for Its Pre-Season Warm-Up
The Real Pro Mod Association (RPM) and its 20+ members of the fastest ¼ mile door cars in the U.S. will hold their pre-season warm-up event at Palm Beach International Raceway beginning in 2016. The pre-season event will take place February 26-28, with a $20,000 purse being posted by the track in a 16-car qualified format. The testing and race takes place just a few weeks prior to the first NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series event of 2016 in Gainesville, FL.

Pro Mod racer Danny Rowe, along with JEGS representative, Scott Woodruff, helped put the program together with Palm Beach International Raceway. Rowe, a member of the RPM Board said “Palm Beach is a perfect location for all of the RPM teams to prepare for the start of the season. Everyone loves the weather there in February, and with the track putting up a good purse for the weekend, the fans will get a great show of 250 mile-per-hour racing.”

Race fans are encouraged to come out and watch two qualifying sessions on Friday, February 26, two qualifying sessions on Saturday, February 27, followed by eliminations on Sunday February 28, where spectators will get to witness 16 of the best Pro Mods in the country compete for the grand prize. Race fans across the world will also be able to watch the action on Bangshift.com, which will live-stream the event. Between Pro Mod rounds fans can get driver autographs and merchandise, and also watch high-caliber bracket racing from some of the nation’s best Sportsman competitors.

Dale Gann, Vice President and General Manager of Palm Beach International Raceway, understands the increased popularity of Pro Mods and its growing fan base. “Race fans on the east coast will be very excited to have one of the marquee events of the Spring season come to Palm Beach International Raceway. The quality of entertainment that the Pro Mod cars put on for side-by-side action is unbelievable, and our fans will get to see 2-days of qualifying and a full day of eliminations throughout the course of the February 26-28 weekend.”

NHRA 2015 National Performer Award Standings
From www.NHRARacer.com (as of 11/5/2015):

Sunday Gambler’s Races at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Englishtown, NJ - The season in the Northeast is in full swing and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will keep it going strong through November with a series of Sunday Gambler’s Races. The remaining dates are November 15 and November 22.

Super ET (electronics; 7.00 – 12.99) pays $2,000 Win guaranteed based on 64 cars. $80 entry, $40 buybacks (no buybacks on 10/25), double-entries permitted.

Pro ET (no electronics; 9.00 – 17.99) pays $1,000 Win guaranteed; payout will increase if more than 40 cars. Deep staging honored, no two-steps / throttle stops / transbrakes / delay boxes. $60 entry, $40 buybacks (no buybacks on 10/25), double-entries permitted. Bike/Sled (no electronics; 7.50 – 15.99) pays $500 Win based on 32 bikes/sleds. $50 entry, $20 buybacks. Grocery Getter (15.00 & slower, no race cars, .700 Pro tree) pays 50% of entry to payout. $40 entry.

Gates open at 8:00 am. Visit www.racewaypark.com for more info.

American Doorslammer Nationals at Piedmont Dragway
Julian, NC - The 4th Annual Doorslammer Nationals are coming up Friday – Sunday, November 20-22, 2015 at Piedmont Dragway. These 1/8-mile races are for door cars and left-hand steer roadsters only.

Friday and Sunday are $5K races that pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry per race is $100, 1st Round buybacks are $60.

Saturday is the big $20K that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 5th Round Win, $350 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $230, 1st Round buybacks are $100. Buy a Weekend Entry for $380.

YES: door cars, left-hand steer roadsters, double-entries, delay-boxes, Crosstalk. NO: dragsters, altereds, deep staging, downtrack stutters or throttle stops.

All payouts based on 150 entries. Gates open for parking Thursday at 5:00 pm. Gates open Friday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:30 am. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:30 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am with a new-entry time trial at 12:15 pm. New entries must be new car and new driver. Visit www.PiedmontDragway.com.

Dragtime News On Location: 2015 Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove
We were on location at the NHRA Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday, October 10th, 2015. Classes were Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. Typical of our coverage, we tend to go heavier than most on the early rounds so that we get as many cars as possible. We also tried to position ourselves in a variety of places around the track to provide numerous points-of-view.

This will be presented in four parts, so be patient and stick with it. Subscribe to the email list (upper-right of this page) and be alerted to when new items are published.

Part IV is now up starting HERE, or start at the beginning with Part I HERE.

Huntsville Dragway Early Turkey Trot
Huntsville, AL - Huntsville Dragway’s Early Turkey Trot big-bucks shootout is Friday – Sunday, November 20-22, 2015 with gambler’s races in Pro, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster. Pro pays $5,000 Win on Friday, and $10,000 Win each day on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is $100 for Friday, or $200 for Friday $ Saturday, or $250 for Saturday & Sunday, or $300 for al three days.

Footbrake pays $2,500 Win on Saturday and Sunday. Single-say entry is $60, or two-day entry is $100. Jr. Dragster pays $1,000 Win on Saturday and Sunday. Single-say entry is $30, or two-day entry is $60.

Visit huntsvilledragway.us for more info.

Win a New S&W Dragster at the 2015 Fun in the Sun Race

S&W Race Cars is pleased to announce its support of the 2015 Fun in the Sun Race - a Tribute to Scott Weney - at Bradenton Motorsports Park November 13th-16th, 2015. The 2nd annual ‘FIS’ race is dedicated to S&W’s former President and ‘FIS’ co-owner, the late Scott Weney. Thanks to the efforts of Scotty Richardson and Jeff Stange, the Fun in the Sun race will continue to shine on! S&W not only looks forward to supporting this event, but also future Gear Head Racing Series promotions.

The S&W Performance Group will be offering contingency prizes to daily ‘FIS’ Winners & Runner Up’s, PLUS one NEW 2015 S&W Dragster Rolling Chassis will go to the ‘Race for the Dragster’ Winner. Thanks to support from our generous vendors, this dragster will be loaded! Featuring components from: Strange Engineering, Sander Engineering Inc, Pro-Werks, Pro Glass Windows, Taylor Motorsports Products, ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Riggeal's Performance Fiberglass, Van Industries, Inc., Fragola Performance Systems, QA1 Motorsports, DJ Safety, Mark Williams Enterprises, Inc., Wilwood Disc Brakes, Mcknight Steel, Hoosier Mid-Atlantic & Precise Racing Products, Quik Latch Distribution, PRP Racing Products, Vintage Metal Craft, HydroGraphic Solutions, JAZ Products and Great Valley Industries.

The 4-Link Rolling Chassis will feature a 235? wheel base, 23? wide Carbon Fiber Seat, 1 piece Fiberglass Body, a Quik Latch Nose (with trailer hanger,) Hidden Tow Hook, New S&W Aluminum/Carbon Fiber dipped dash and cover, Black Wrinkle Finish Interior, Powder Coated Chassis plus much more. Visit http://gearheadracingseries.com/sw-dragster-giveaway/ to view the build progress.

Newly named President, Michael Weney, and his sister Terri Weney-Gdowik, will be representing the S&W Group, and presenting the dragster race winner with his/her new dragster in Winners Circle.

Sell Parts + Collect Win Lights = Make Money at MDIR
Maryland International Raceway’s 10th Annual Fall Swap Meet is Sunday November 15, 2015. If you need to make room in your garage for that engine swap you have planned in the off-season, then bring the parts you don’t need to MDIR and turn them into Benjamins. A 15” x 24’ Vendor Spot is $25, a 15’ x 40’ Commercial Vendor Spot is $115; commercial space must be reserved in advance.

There’ll also be a $30 Test & Tune which includes a $1,000 Gambler’s Race for no additional charge. Gates open at 9:00 am; test & tune starts at 10:00 am and the Gambler’s Race is 3:00 pm. Visit www.RaceMDIR.com for more info.

Wrap-Up: American DRAGCAR Throwdown at Wild Horse Pass
October 17th was the date. The American DRAGCAR Throwdown was the race. Heads-up, all-out, no-breakout drag racing was the format. This was a special invitation-only race comprised of a field of 8 racers chosen out of the day’s earlier DragSport Eliminator field. The 8 racers were chosen by only one requisite, their qualifying ET, but nobody knew what ET would get them into this field beforehand. In fact, very few of the racers even knew such a field was going to be drawn for this special free entry exhibition class to be run off during the night’s Halloween Havoc event.

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11th Annual Big Bucks Bracket Race at Caroline Dragway
Carolina Dragway hosts its 11th Annual Big Bucks race on Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15, 2015. Races include a $20K on Saturday, a $10K on Sunday, and Jr. Dragsters on both days.

Saturday’s race pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $250 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Sunday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Weekend entry is $250; 1st round buybacks each day are $100. All payouts are based on 170 car minimum. Door cars will run separate from dragsters for as long as possible.

Jr. Dragster pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on 30 car minimum. Entry is $60, buybacks are $30.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm for parking. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am with time runs at 10:00 am. Visit www.CarolinaDragway.com for more info.

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series 2016 schedule
From www.nhrahotrodheritage.com:
NHRA officials announced the 2016 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series schedule, headlined by the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car categories. Entering its ninth season, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series features Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars, and has become a fan-favorite among drag racing enthusiasts with classes for front-engined dragsters, altereds, and gassers.

The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series consists of two nitro categories -- Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster and Nostalgia Funny Car -- and two groups of additional classes. Group 1 includes A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, and 7.0 Eliminator, and Group 2 includes Nostalgia Eliminator I, Nostalgia Eliminator II, Nostalgia Eliminator III, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, and Hot Rod eliminator. Racers in each class will run a combination of events at which they will score points toward the championships.

The season opens with a new event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Jan. 16-17, for Groups 1 and 2, followed by the famed Good Vibrations March Meet and the kick off for the Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Cars, March3-6 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., and the Nostalgia Reunion at Sacramento (Calif.) Raceway in early April. The series then heads north for the first of two stops at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor.

The series benefits the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California through a pair of Hot Rod Reunions that are produced by the Museum. The Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., is the first on the schedule, slated for June 16-18, and will be followed by the popular California Hot Rod Reunion presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California that will celebrate its 25th Anniversary event and will conclude the series, Oct. 21-23, at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield.

“The NHRA Motorsports Museum is proud once again to have our Hot Rod Reunions be a part of the NHRA Heritage Series,” said Larry Fisher, executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. “The Hot Rod Reunions and the Heritage Series are just one of the ways that the NHRA Motorsports Museum and NHRA work with you to preserve and celebrate the story of American Hot Rodding. By being a part of the Reunions, racers and spectators alike help us share this uniquely American story with future generations.”

The series returns to Rocky Mountain Raceways with a doubleheader weekend in early June with two separate events for racers in Groups 1 and 2 along with Funny Car action on Friday and Saturday. A Funny Car only event returns to Mission Raceway Park in July for its fourth year on the schedule before the series heads back to Firebird for its traditional Nightfire Nationals event that features both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories in August. Group 2 classes then end their season at the Nostalgia Fall Championship at Auto Club Famoso in September.

The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series was developed in 2008 to help preserve NHRA's rich history and tradition while providing racing opportunities for those enthusiasts who enjoy nostalgia drag racing competition.

2016 NHRA HOT ROD HERITAGE SERIES SCHEDULE (Event / Location / Date / Classes)

Heritage Series Opener / Wild Horse Pass Motorsports / Jan. 16-17 / Groups 1&2
Good Vibrations March Meet / Auto Club Famoso / March 3-6 / TF/FC/Groups 1&2
Nostalgia Reunion / Sacramento Raceway / April 1-3 / Groups 1&2
NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor / Firebird Raceway / April 29-May 1 / FC
Summer Kick-Off / Rocky Mountain Raceways / June 10 / FC/Group 1&2 / June 11 / Group 1&2
Holley National Hot Rod Reunion / Beech Bend Raceway / June 16-18 / TF
NHRA National Open / Mission Raceway Park / July 23-24 / FC
Pepsi Nightfire Nationals / Firebird Raceway / Aug. 11-14 / TF/FC
Nostalgia Fall Championships / Auto Club Famoso / Sept. 17-18 / Group 2
California Hot Rod Reunion / Auto Club Famoso / Oct. 21-23 / TF/FC

Classes Key
TF – Nostalgia Top Fuel
FC – Nostalgia Funny Car
Group 1 – A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, 7.0 Eliminator
Group 2 – NE 1, NE 2, NE 3, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, Hot Rod

Schedule subject to change.

Sponsor News: A Look at Mark Williams Hi-Torque Axles
Racers, I received this from our friends at Mark Williams Enterprises and thought it was timely information, given that the 2015 season is winding down and some of you might be planning on freshening or upgrading your rears for next season.
Quality and long-term dependability are built into each and every Mark Williams Hi-Torque axle. That's why you'll see veteran racers who have used the same M-W axles for over 30 years. Quite simply, they're the best axles you can buy.

True Involute Splines
The preferred method to ensure optimum spline contact area and compatibility with other driveline components is to employ true involute splines. Mark Williams Enterprises has developed a special CNC process to manufacture the involuted profile splines while maintaining accurate sizing and control concentricity. Spline length is also optimized for each axle, which is custom made for the exact application.

Weight Reduction Options
All M-W axles are custom made for the exact application, and feature precise taper and spline length. From there, you have multiple options to reduce critical unsprung weight. These include gun-drilling, geometric flange lightening and hub pockets. The Ultimate 300M axles can be lightened more due to its increased strength.



Premium Grade Alloys
The base Hi-Torque axles are manufactured from premium grade Timken™ nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy forgings that are Austempered for optimum ductility. They can "wind" and unwind like a torsion bar and won't snap like lesser quality axles. The top-of-the-line Ultimate Lightweight axles feature high strength Carpenter Steel™ 300-M forgings.

For more information visit www.markwilliams.com.

Attention NHRA Division 1 Racers: Get Out The Vote!
NHRA Northeast Division Special Awards Ballot voting is now open. You can vote for Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Driver of the Year, Summit ET Driver of the Year, Crew Chief of the Year, Track of the Year and Person of the Year.

Follow this link to place your votes for the candidates you feel deserve the awards. Voting Ends December 1.
Superbuck Blast at South Georgia Motorsports Park
Adel, GA - To our racing friends in the Southeast, South Georgia Motorsports Park will be the place to be Wednesday – Sunday, November 4-8, 2015 for the Superbuck Blast. There’ll be five, that’s right, FIVE full days of big bucks 1/8 mile racing!

Wednesday’s and Thursday’s races each pay $10,000 Win, $2,500 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $400 7th Round R/U, $300 6th Round R/U, $200 5th Round R/U and $100 4th Round R/U. Single-day entries for these races are $150, 1st Round buybacks are $100.

Friday’s and Saturday’s races each pay $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,200 Semis, $700 7th Round R/U, $500 6th Round R/U, $400 5th Round R/U and $300 4th Round R/U. Single-day entries for these races are $225, 1st Round buybacks are $150.

Sunday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $2,500 Runner-Up, $1,200 Semis, $400 7th Round R/U, $300 6th Round R/U, $200 5th Round R/U and $100 4th Round R/U. Entry for this races is $150, 1st Round buybacks are $100.

A 3-day weekend pass (Fri/Sat/Sunday) is $500. A full 5-day pass is $690. All payouts based on 175 entries per race. No double-entries; one driver per car but one driver with two cars is permitted.

Gates will be open 24/7. Visit www.GoRaceSGMP.com for more info.

Michael Weney Named S&W Performance Group President
Spring City, PA - October 23, 2015 - Michael Weney has been named S&W Performance Group President. Mr.Weney was promoted on Wednesday October 21st, 2015, by his proud father and company founder, Walt Weney. Previously, Michael held the position of Executive Vice President of the groups S&W Race Cars division (2005-2015.)

He began working for the family business, in 1975. Naturally, he spent most of his younger years at the drag races, working with his father's race team with his brothers Gary, Scott and sister Terri. As other teams recognized Michael's skills, he was invited to work with such greats as; Jade Grenade TF, Swenson & Lani's FC, Jungle Jim/Jake Crimmins FC, Frantic Ford FC, Neil Mahr and many of Scott's cars throughout the years. "My most memorable 'racing experience' was attending the 1st Annual NHRA Puerto Rico Nationals, in Salinas - 1975," said Weney. "My family and I were honored to be representing the USA, and it's something that I will never forget."

In the late 80's, Weney made the difficult decision to venture outside of the family business. He accepted an offer to become the General Manager of a large screen printing equipment factory, in Philadelphia. Michael also saw the value of education, as he attended The Philadelphia School of Business in the evenings. After gaining 'outside world' experience, he returned to S&W in the early 90's. Since, he has held many positions within the company including draftsman to shop foreman and everything in between. He has played an integral role in S&W's expansion and in their numerous accomplishments such as: Car Craft Chassis Builder of the Year Awards, Best Engineered, Best Appearing, Record Setting and World Championships with all types of cars and classes.

Michael looks forward to leading the group to continue the 56 year history of growth and great accomplishments, as his father and brother did so well before him. The new President will be attending the Tribute to Scott Weney / Fun in the Sun Race at Bradenton, FL Nov. 13-16th, 2015. He will be proudly presenting the Dragster Give-A-Way race winner with a brand new 2015 S&W Dragster Roller. Michael stated, "This is an emotional project that would not be possible without the participation of S&W's generous vendors." In addition to attending the FIS race, he will also be attending the PRI Show this December.

Michael is not only a 'family-business' man, he is a family man as well. He has the support of his wife of 29 years, Marlene and his daughters Jillian, Amanda and Nicole. Michael and Marlene are also blessed with four grandchildren; Isabella, John, Hayden and Aubrey.
Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship at PBIR
Jupiter, FL - The 2015 Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Race is coming up November 18th - 22nd, 2015. Each day features a 1,000-foot big-money race for electronics-equipped race cars.

The payout per race is $12,500 Win, $2,500 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters, $250 Eighths and Free Entry for Sixteenths. Racer entry at the gate is $200 per day.

Purses are guaranteed at 130 cars. All-run field, 12.99 and quicker. One driver per car; one driver with two cars permitted. No double entries. No MSD 7531. No traction control. No stutter boxes. No down track stuttering allowed. The only ignition interruption allowed is the 2-Step on the starting line. Digital delay boxes okay.

Gates open 6:30 am each day, with a complimentary racer breakfast each day from 6:30 am 9:30 am, followed by a 10:00 test & tune and eliminations at 1:30 pm.

Visit www.RacePBIR.com for more info including complete rules.

Wrap-Up: NHRA Division 2 LODRS at Silver Dollar Raceway
REYNOLDS, Ga.– Arnie Martel raced to the win in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Silver Dollar Raceway over the weekend. With just one divisional and two national events left to finish the season, the Lucas Oil Championship races have heated up.

In the final round of Comp Eliminator it was Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., who was a little late at the green but ran down Don Eckel, Piscataway, N.J., for the win with a pass of 7.553 seconds at 168.11 miles per hour in his ’15 Camaro. Eckel ran a pass of 6.961 seconds at 190.86 miles per hour for a runner-up finish. This was Martel's fourth divisional win of the season and the win keeps him in contention for the Lucas Oil Championship. Martel now sits only eleven points behind the leader Craig Bourgeois.

Nick Morris, Louisville, Ky., was closer to his dial in running a winning lap of 9.740 seconds at 133.87 mph in the Super Stock class. This is Morris’ fifth divisional Wally trophy, and his second earned this season. He won the Super Stock race at the North Central event at Summit Motorsports Park in May of this year.

Butch Payne scored his second divisional Wally in Stock Eliminator, and is a perfect two-for-two in final rounds. He ran a 10.899 second lap at 119.77 mph defeating Justin Picillo, Warwick, R.I., in his ’72 Chevelle. Payne’s previous win came in 2009 at the Southeast Division event in Orlando. Denver Maltba, Newland, N.C., scored his second-ever divisional Super Comp Wally, over Tony Helms, Ringgold, Ga., with a winning pass of 8.916 seconds, at 179.61 miles per hour.

It was a close final round in Super Gas and Super Street. The title for Super Gas went to Jacob Elrod, out of Lima, Ohio, and his ’92 Corvette posting a lap of 9.893 seconds at 154.33 mph to defeat John Labbous of White House, Tenn., who went 9.887 seconds at 162.25 mph in his ’63 Corvette. Elrod has three divisional Wallys; making him three for four in final rounds. This win now puts Elrod in the points lead for the Super Gas National Championship. In Super Street Franky Bishop earned his first ever Wally trophy running his ’72 Nova at 10.909 seconds at 127.32 miles per hour taking out David Polichena, Lake Worth, Fla., in his ’69 Firebird with a lap of 10.931 seconds at 146.38 miles per hour.
In other racing news, Joe Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, took out Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., in Top Dragster; Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., in his ’37 Chevy defeated James Noel, Westminster, S.C. in Top Sportsman; and in the 11.00 index class Jake Sealey, Aiken, S.C., defeated Matt Weston, Wellford, S.C.

John Rollins of High Springs, Fla., outlasted the 16-car field on Saturday to take home the win and the $2,500 payday in the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout.

Final round results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Silver Dollar Raceway:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '15 Camaro, E/AA, 7.553, 168.11 def.
Don Eckel, Piscataway, N.J., ProStart, C/DA, 6.961, 190.86.

SUPER STOCK
Nicholas Morris, Louisville, Ky., '98 Mustang, FGT/F, 9.740, 133.87 def.
Mark Nowicki, Gaylord, Mich., '98 Avenger, FGT/D, 9.558, 135.73.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Butch Payne, Rome, Ga., '97 Firebird, D/SA, 10.899, 119.77 def.
Justin Picillo, Warwick, R.I., '72 Chevelle, J/SA, 11.718, 105.47.

SUPER COMP
Denver Maltba, Newland, N.C., dragster, 8.916, 179.61 def.
Tony Helms, Ringgold, Ga., dragster, 8.908, 177.35.

SUPER GAS
Jacob Elrod, Lima, Ohio, '92 Corvette, 9.893, 154.33 def.
John Labbous, White House, Tenn., '63 Corvette, 9.887, 162.25.

SUPER STREET
Franky Bishop, Albany, Ga., '72 Nova, 10.909, 127.32 def.
David Polichena, Lake Worth, Fla., '69 Firebird, 10.937, 146.38.

TOP DRAGSTER
Joe Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, dragster, 6.989, 185.77 def.
Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., dragster, 6.650, 195.96.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., '37 Chevy, 6.934, 194.49 def.
James Noel, Westminster, S.C., '69 Mustang, 7.619, 176.95.

11.00 INDEX
Jake Sealey, Aiken, S.C., '93 Mustang, 10.953, 115.44 def.
Matt Weston, Wellford, S.C., '70 Camaro, 10.929, 121.43.

NHRA 2015 National Performer Award Standings
From www.NHRARacer.com (as of 10/19/2015):

Summit Sportsman World Finals Returns to Memphis in 2016
NORWALK, Ohio - The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries World Championship events will return to Memphis International Raceway (MIR) in 2016. The track will host what is collectively known as the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals on October 14-16, 2016.

IHRA will award over $500,000 in cash and prizes during World Finals weekend to sportsman racers through the Summit Pro-Am Tour, Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries. Racers travel from all of the country to compete for 11 sportsman championships and the updated event will focus solely on them.

Debuting in 2009, the Summit Tournament of Champions has grown exponentially over the past few years and holds its place as the nation's premier sportsman event. The rules are simple - finish in the top-three in one of the six Summit Pro-Am divisions and qualify for the year-end championship tournament. Once there, all qualified drivers in their respective classes go head-to-head for the world championship in the following classes: Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and Junior Dragster.

The Summit SuperSeries is comprised of more than 100 IHRA member tracks within regional IHRA divisions. The competition is populated by Sportsman competitors, or ET Bracket Racers, who are the backbone of grassroots drag racing. Top (Box), Mod (No Box) and Junior Dragster compete at participating IHRA tracks in head-to-head competition each week. Each track crowns a Summit SuperSeries track champion who will then move on to race other track champions at the IHRA World Finals for the Summit SuperSeries World Championship.

For more information, please visit www.IHRA.com and www.RaceMIR.com.

NHRA Adjusts Horsepower After The Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove
From www.NHRARacer.com:

As the result of runs under the Automatic Horsepower Factoring System (AHFS) 1.20-second under policy, the following changes have been made:

The horsepower rating for 2008 Ford Cobra Jet entries with the 330 cubic inch engine and a factory rating of 425 currently rated at 519, has been increased by seventeen horsepower, to 536 horsepower; for Stock Eliminator.

The horsepower rating for 2015 Dodge Drag Pak entries with the 426 cubic inch engine and a factory rating of 460 currently rated at 466, has been increased by sixteen horsepower, to 482 horsepower; for Super Stock Eliminator.

NHRA's 2015 Automatic Horsepower Factoring System outlines that any run of 1.20-seconds or more under the index will receive an immediate index decrease or horsepower increase.

Mopar Eastern Classic at Maryland International Raceway
Maryland International Raceway hosts its 23rd Annual Mopar Eastern Classic on Saturday, October 31st, 2015. This drag race, car show and swap meet is open to all Mopar and AMC vehicles.

Drag race classes include Top ET, Mod ET, and Street ET. Top ET (0.00 – 12.99, electronics permitted) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are $30. Mod ET (9.00 – slower, footbrake only) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are $30. Street ET (9.00 – slower, headlights / brake lights / mufflers required; slicks OK) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry is $30, buybacks are $20. There’ll also be a Top Sportsman Quick 8 that pays $500 Win / $200 Runner-Up for no additional charge. This is open to the quickest 8 doorslammers in Top ET. This is a separate 3-round eliminator that will seed all 8 racers into the Top ET race. Also on the schedule is the Nostalgia Super Stock Open, a wheelstand contest and a special appearance by the First Lady of Alcohol funny car, Bunny Burkett.

Gates open at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. For more information visit www.racemdir.com.

$5Grand Nationals at Kil-Kare Raceway
Xenia, OH - Kil-Kare Raceway presents its $5Grand Nationals Saturday and Sunday, October 31-November 1, 2015. Classes include Box, No Box, Bike and Jr. Dragster.

Box pays $5,000 Win, $1,800 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry for either day is $100, or enter the weekend for $175. Buybacks are $50.

No Box pays $2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $100 Quarters and $60 Eighths. Entry for either day is $60, or enter the weekend for $100. Buybacks are $30.

Bike pays $400 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $35 Quarters. Entry for either day is $35, or enter the weekend for $50. Buybacks are $20. Jr. Dragster pays $250 Win and $150 Runner-Up. Entry for either day is $15, or enter the weekend for $25. Buybacks are $10.

Gates open at 10:00 am. Visit www.kilkare.com for more info.

NHRA Tech Department Releases 2015-to-2016 Rule Amendments

From www.NHRARacer.com:

The NHRA Technical Department released the 2015 to 2016 Rule Amendments. These amendments document the NHRA rule changes that will come into effect beginning January 1, 2016. The 2016 Rule Amendments can be accessed HERE. Any additional product specifications called out in the rulebook can be obtained HERE.

Please visit NHRAracer.com periodically to get updates on the most recent Rule Amendments.

NHRA Pennsylvania Bracket Championship at South Mountain Dragway
Boiling Springs, PA – South Mountain Raceway wraps up its 2015 racing season on Sunday, October 25th with the NHRA Pennsylvania Bracket Championship, a special-event program for its member tracks and E.T. bracket racers that awards a unique, specially-designed NHRA Pennsylvania State Championship Wally plaque. Classes include Super Pro, Pro ET, Bike/Sled, Street DOT and Trophy.

Super ET (4.50 – 7.75) pays $600 Winner, $375 Runner Up and $115 Semis. Entry Fee $55, 1st Round Buy Back $30. Pro ET (5.70 – 8.99) pays $500 Winner, $300 Runner Up and $100 Semis. Entry Fee $45, 1st Round Buy Back $25. Bike/Sled (4.50 and slower) pays $435 Winner $270 Runner Up and $80 Semis. Entry Fee $40, 1st Round Buy Back $20. Street DOT (7.35 and slower) pays $380 Winner, $240 Runner Up and $70 Semis. Entry Fee $35, 1st Round $15 Buy Back. Trophy DOT (4.50 – Slower) pays $200 Winner, $140 Runner Up and $50 Semis. Entry Fee $30, 1st Round Buy Back $10. Minimum 64 entries for full payouts in each class except minimum 32 entries in Trophy.

Gates open Saturday October 24th at 1:00 pm for overnight parking (no hookups). Gates open at 8:30 am on Sunday with time runs at 11:00 AM. Visit www.SouthMountainRaceway.com for more info.

Kentucky Footbrake Nationals at I-64 Motorplex
Owingsville, KY – I-64 Motorplex presents its Inaugural Kentucky Footbrake Nationals, Friday – Sunday November 6-8, 2015.

Friday’s and Sunday’s races each pay $7,500 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Single day entry is $125. 1st Round buybacks are $60.

Saturday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Single day entry is $150. 1st Round buybacks are $75. Weekend entry at the gate is $350.

Races are 1/8th-mile. Double-entries and deep staging permitted. Gates open for parking and a test & tune on Thursday at 3:00 pm. Gates open Friday at 10:00 am with a time run at 11:00 am. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with a time run at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 10:00 am. For more information visit www.I64Motorplex.com.

Extreme Finish Line Experience Debuts at Gateway Motorsports Park
ST. LOUIS, Mo - Gateway Motorsports Park introduced an exciting new attraction that promises to revolutionize the racing experience for motorsports fans. This new Extreme Finish Line Experience, which debuted at GMP’s NHRA AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, is a bi-level raised viewing platform, 30 feet high, that affords spectacular and exclusive views of the racing action for private and corporate group entertaining.

The new Extreme Finish Line Experience was positioned at the finish line where there are currently no grandstands. GMP officials gave fans a free preview at the event and the attraction received rave reviews.

“The fan feedback was exactly what we were hoping for,” said GMP Executive Vice President & General Manager Chris Blair. “Our new Extreme Finish Line Experience revolutionizes the way our motorsports fans view the action. This unique perspective allows fans to see and feel the cars racing toward them all the way from the starting line through the finish line. The sight lines are spectacular. This attraction changes the way fans watch racing at the track.”

The Extreme Finish Line Experience platform is portable, which makes it mobile for relocation to pit road at the NASCAR superspeedway or the off-road Dirtplex for an equally remarkable viewing experience. This platform also allows GMP to customize the fan experience to suit almost any group or corporate entertainment budget. The first opportunity for fans to secure the platform will be at next year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, where the unit will be positioned directly over pit road.

Pricing for reserving the platform will be available soon. For more information about reserving the Extreme Finish-Line Experience, visit www.gatewaymsp.com.


Publisher's note: Having it for the national event is nice but it would be cool if it were set up for bracket races where the finish line IS the race.
Mopar Southern Classic at Mt. Park Dragway
Clay City, KY - The Original Mopar Southern Classic is Friday - Sunday, November 6-8, 2014 at Mt. Park Dragway.

Friday is a test & tune. Saturday is Mopar Takes On The World in Super Street, Top ET, Modified, Quick 16 and Slant 6. Other makes are welcomed to enter to take on the Mopars. Super Street pays $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $80 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are $20. Top ET pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $80 Quarters and $40 Eighths. Entry is $60, buybacks are $40. Modified pays $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters and $25 Eighths. Entry is $50, buybacks are $30. Quick 16 pays $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up and $100 Semis. Entry is $100, no buybacks. Slant 6 pays $300 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $50 Semis and $25 Quarters. Entry is $40.

Sunday is for Mopars only, with bracket racing in Top ET, Modified and Super Street. Top ET pays $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $60, buybacks are $40. Modified pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry is $50, buybacks are $30. Super Street pays $350 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis and $20 Quarters. Entry is $30, buybacks are $15.

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm for a test & tune. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.MPDragway.com.

Summit SuperSeries Crowns Bracket Racing World Champions at the IHRA World Finals

NORWALK, Ohio (October 14, 2015) - Memphis International Raceway (MIR) hosted the Summit SuperSeries champions from each of the six International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) divisions. These regional champions competed for champion status among bracket racers on October 9-11, 2015.

Jeff Parrish, the 2015 Summit SuperSeries Top Champion stood in the winner's circle with both his winning 1968 Nova and his new turn-key 2015 American Race Cars dragster. The dragster prize features custom paint from Imagine That Custom Paint, a Trick Flow Specialties 572 cubic inch big block is constructed with a wealth of hardware by manufacturers listed on the Summit SuperSeries dragster build page. Parrish's prize package also included a $10,000 pay day from Summit Racing Equipment, an Aruba vacation for two by Around Aruba Tours, his World Champion Ironman and a diamond IHRA World Championship ring.

Cory Heckenlaible, from Utica, South Dakota held his 2015 World Championship Ironman in the winner's circle for his Mod championship performance. Cory will be towing his Mustang in style soon with a new Performax Trailers 26 foot enclosed trailer as well as a prize package including a $10,000 winner's check from Summit Racing Equipment, a $2,500 gift certificate from Trick Flow Specialties, a new Gemini 2 post auto lift, a Hughes Performance racing transmission, an Aruba vacation for two by Around Aruba Tours plus a diamond IHRA World Championship ring.

The second turn-key dragster awarded that day was the JR Race Car Junior Dragster that was also painted by Imagine That Custom Paint in the matching Summit SuperSeries paint design scheme for 2015. Kenneth Hillin is taking the new dragster home to San Antonio, Texas as the 2015 IHRA Junior Dragster World Champion.

Summit SuperSeries Final Eliminations - 1/8 mile

Top ET:

Jeff Parrish, Clayton, NC, '68 Nova, 5.668, 5.64 dial (.007 rt)
- def. Ben Parks, Salisbury, MD, '09 S&W Dragster, 5.049, 5.03 dial (.071 rt)

Mod ET:

Cory Heckenlaible, Utica, SD, '70 Mustang, 5.678, 5.67 dial (.007 rt)
- def. Dean Smith, Warren, MB, Canada, 5.797, 5.78 dial (.011 rt)

Jr. Dragster:

Kenneth Hillin, San Antonio TX, '05 Motivational, 7.917, 7.90 dial (.016 rt)
- def. Darien Legge, C.B.S. NL, Canada, '08 JD, 13.257, 13.18 dial (.014 rt)

Adam Keir Claims Young Gun Award at the Dutch Classic

In memory of ATI Performance Products founder Jim Beattie, Maple Grove Raceway teamed with JC Beattie to offer the Young Gun award at the recently completed PC Richard and Son Pennsylvania Dutch Classic.

The Young Gun award is awarded to the highest finishing driver aged 25 years or younger in Stock or Super Stock. A beautiful water jet cut award was created by S&W Race Cars and the award winner received a check in the amount of $250.00.

A total of 232 entries competed in Stock and Super Stock Eliminators, which was one of the largest turnouts for the categories in 2015. Stock's count of 131 entries was only exceeded at the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals.

Picking up the action in round 3 there were a total of 6 drivers eligible to be the 2015 Young Gun winner and by virtue of his runner up finish in Stock Eliminator second generation driver Adam Keir took the honor. The Maryland-based driver did an outstanding job to drive the family's A/SA Chevy Nova to not only the runner up spot in Stock, but taking home the Young Gun award.

The award will continue at next year's Dutch Classic.

Submitted by Rob Armbruster / Maple Grove Raceway

Wrap-Up: Super Chevy Show at Gateway Motorsports Park

MADISON, Illinois – Chevrolet fans spent a memorable weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park as the track hosted the annual Mid-America Chevy Dealers Present The Annual Super Chevy Show. The all-Chevrolet event included a car show (featuring more than 100 classes and awards), a cruise, drag racing for Chevrolets and Chevrolet-powered cars, special attractions and a manufacturers’ midway.

Mid-America Chevy Dealers Present The Annual Super Chevy Show drag race results:

Bracket 1 (Super Pro)
Winner: Donovan Thompson
(Waverly, Illinois) 1986 Firebird with 468 cu. In. Chevrolet engine -- $2,500 to win.
Runner-up: Eric Booker (Liberty, Illinois) 1968 Nova.

Bracket 2 (Pro)
Winner: Adam Penning
(Hermann, Missouri) 1989 Mustang with 370 cu. In. LSX engine – $1,750 to win.
Runner-up: Kevin Carter (Chicago, Illinois) Chevrolet Nova (427 cu. In.).

DOT/Street Sportsman
Winner: Gary Lewis
(St. Ann, Missouri) 1969 Buick Skylark with 326 cu. in. LS Chevrolet engine.
Runner-up: Brandon Sanders (St. Clair, Missouri).

Super Quick
Winner: Jim Hugget
(Florissant, Missouri) Dragster.
Runner-up: Ken Jones (Walnut Hill, Illinois) Dragster.

Chevy vs. The World
Winner: Corey Landolt
(Hermann, Missouri) Dragster.
Runner-up: Mike Shanks (Union, Missouri) 1976 Camaro.

Jr. Dragster
Winner: Keith Kramer
(St. Peters, Missouri).
Runner-up: Nicholas Moten (St. Louis, Missouri).

TROPHY CLASS WINNERS
Corvette Trophy: Dale Hillman (Belleville, Illinois) 2011 ZR1.
Camaro Trophy: Ben Nungester (Arnold, Missouri) 1969 Camaro.
Truck Trophy: Terrell Barnett (Mexico, Missouri) 1992 Chevy truck.
Stick Shift: Kenneth Sanders (St. Louis, Missouri).
EFI: Jason Thomas (Herman, Missouri).

The Bonus Bracket Bash was held on Sunday following the Super Chevy Show. Five classes were contested: Super Pro (1/8 mile), Pro (1/8 mile), Sportsman (1/4 mile), Trophy (1/4 mile) and an all-run Jr. Dragster event (1/8 mile). All races were non-points events.

Bonus Bracket Bash Super Pro – $2,650 to win
Winner: Chris Calkins (St. Clair, Missouri) .010 5.660 sec./121.43 mph.
Runner-up: Ken Jones (Walnut Hill, Illinois) .009 5.731 sec./121.04 mph.

Bonus Bracket Bash Pro – $1,750 to win
Winner: Randy Weller (Granite City, Illinois) .019 6.498 sec./103.87 mph.
Runner-up: Dustin Bryant (Litchfield, Illinois) .072 6.494 sec./105.12 mph.

Bonus Bracket Bash Sportsman – $250 to win
Winner: Danny Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) .036 13.030 sec./102.88 mph.
Runner-up: Ted Lipka (O’Fallon, Missouri) .067 12.057 sec./110.28 mph.

Bonus Bracket Bash Trophy Class
Winner: Shannon Griffin (Centralia, Missouri) .023 11.963 sec./101.26 mph.
Runner-up: Corey Woods (Alton, Illinois) .292 14.290 sec./94.72 mph.

Bonus Bracket Bash Jr. Dragster
Winner: Blaine Miller (Eudora, Kansas) .040 7.989 sec./82.94 mph.
Runner-up: Keith Kramer (St. Peters, Missouri) .035 7.846 sec./83.52 mph.

Numidia Dragway presents Octoberbucks
Numidia, PA – Numidia Dragway wraps up its big money races in October with 2015 Octoberbucks. Saturday & Sunday, October 17th & 18th are $5,000 races for Super Pro and $3,000 for Footbrake.

The $5,000 races pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150 2nd Round Win and $75 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150, buyback is $90. Payouts are guaranteed. The $3,000 races pay $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting 2nd Round Win. Entry is $90, buyback is $60.

All races are quarter-mile. Super Pro is 6.50 – 12.99; Footbrake is 8.50 – 17.99. Two drivers may each enter the same car, one driver may enter two different cars, but one driver may not double-enter the same car. For more information, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.

Terry Butcher Memorial Race at I-64 Motorplex
Owingsville, KY - The 6th Annual Terry Butcher Memorial brings three days of 1/8-mile big-money bracket races to I-64 Motorplex on Friday – Sunday, October 31 – November 1, 2015. Among the eliminators are Top ET, No Box and two High Roller races.

Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s Top ET races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths; $110 entry per day or a 3-Day Weekend Entry is $275, $50 buybacks 1st or 2nd round.

Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s No-Box races each pay $1,500 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, $60 Quarters and $25 Eighths; $60 entry per day or a 3-Day Weekend Entry is $150, $30 buybacks 1st or 2nd round.

Saturday also has 32-Car High Roller Shootout and 16-Car No Box High Roller Shootout. For more information including minimum car counts for full payout, visit www.I64Motorplex.com.

Overkill Winter Nationals at Auto Plus Raceway
Gainesville, FL – Auto Plus Raceway and Overkill Motorsports are teaming up to present a huge 4-days of big-money bracket racing October 28 – November 1, 2015 at the Overkill Motorsports Winter Nationals. All races are 1,000 foot; delay boxes are permitted.

Thursday’s and Friday’s races each pay $10,000 Win, $2,500 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $400 Quarters, $300 Eighths, $200 Sixteenths and $100 Thirty-Seconds. Entry per day is $150. Saturday is the big $20K that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $1,500 Semis, $750 Quarters, $500 Eighths, $250 Sixteenths and $125 Thirty-Seconds. Entry is $250. Sunday’s race pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $300 Quarters, $200 Eighths and $100 Sixteenths. Entry is $100.

Other races during the weekend is a $50K 64-Car High-Roller (after the Saturday $20K. Entry is $1,500. No buybacks), a 32-Dragster and a 32-Door Car $5,000 Shootout (after the Friday $10K. Entry is $300. No Buybacks) and No-Box $1,000 Shootouts (on Saturday and Sunday. $60 entry, $30 buybacks).

Gates open Wednesday at 9:00 am for all-day parking and a test & tune. Gates open all other days at 8:00 am. Visit www.AutoPlusRaceway.com for more info.

Wild Childs at US-19 Dragway
Albany, GA – Georgia’s launchpad, US-19 Dragway presents Bobby Wild Childs race on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Small Block Nitrous 28 pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $250 Semis, based on 10 car minimum. Entry is $100, open to one carb, nitrous, cast intake, stock-style front end, any rear suspension, no bars.

28 and 29 Race pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $250 Semis, based on 12 car minimum. Entry is $100. No bars.

6.50 Race, Cars and Bikes pays $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $250 Semis, based on 24 car/bike minimum. Entry is $75.

Gates open at 1:00 pm, racing at 4:00 pm. Visit www.us19-dragway.com.

Teaser Shots from The Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway
Here are just a few of the shots we captured at The Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway. There will be a huge installment of Dragtime News On Location coming soon so if you want to be notified when it's published, subscribe to the email list. The sign-up in the upper-right of the Home page.
Records Fall During Ford Fever Classic @ Maryland Int'l Raceway
MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (October 12, 2015) – Ideal track and weather conditions provided fans with national record setting performances as well as top notch racing all-weekend long at the 22nd Annual Ford Fever Classic event presented by Mid-Atlantic Ford at Maryland International Raceway on October 9-11.

The biggest performance of the weekend came courtesy of Rich Bruder of Edison, New Jersey (photo, above) and his ’88 Mustang. Bruder took advantage of the track conditions laying down a new national X275 ET record with a 4.408 lap in the first round of qualifying Saturday followed by an amazing 4.389 second hit at 167.53 MPH during night qualifying.

Bruder continued his consistent and dominant performance over the weekend winning the UPR Products X275 Ford vs. The World class and taking home the $2,500 winnings. 2015 MDIR season X275 track champion; Ron “Back Split This” Rhodes of Townsend, Delaware would finish the race in the runner-up spot. 13 racers in all made qualifying attempts for the event to finish out the exciting 1/8 class track series for ’15.

In the Ford vs. The World format for Outlaw Drag Radial, Ford once again took top honors for the event. Scott Bitzer of Hughesville, Maryland and his ’90 Mustang bested the field with a winning 4.275 pass, taking out Hamptonville, North Carolina’s Barry Mitchell who cut a better light with a .007 reaction time to Bitzer’s .109 light, but couldn’t hold off Bitzer with a 4.409 pass in the all Ford final. The Fords did surrender one class to Chevy during the weekend as New Castle, Delaware’s Jeff “The Cheater” Kinsler (photo, right) took his ’68 Firebird to the Winner Circle in Ultra Street with a 4.895 ET over Ronny Rhode’s 4.932 effort in is ’68 nitrous Camaro.

In addition to the three Ford vs. The World heads-up classes, several “All Ford” classes performed over the weekend in both Open Comp and Bracket formats. 422 Motorsports brought its wild Nostalgia Racing to the track for the event; featuring A/FXs, Thunderbolts, Light Weight Galaxies, Falcons, Fairlanes, and Comets. In the end, Dan Woods used a .044 reaction time and a 10.18 ET to win the class over Dan Parson Jr’s ’67 Comet in the final round.

In JPC Racing Super Stang, Roxanne Shepard (photo, right) in her Virginia Beach, VA based ’04 Mustang took the win using a .015 reaction time in the final to win the class. Adam Shockley won the JLP Lightning Shootout in his ’93 model running 15.316 ET on a 15.23 dial, over Lewis Ives and his ’00 model in the class final.

As an added treat, fans enjoyed a Match Race between MDIR track Hall-of-Fame competitor Dick Estevez and his “Daddy Warbucks” Falcon taking on James Houston’s Ford Fairlane all weekend! Long-smoky burnouts and 7-second passes brought the crowd to their feet with each race between the two teams. Last, but not least, Danny O’Day and his 8-second Superwinch Wheelstander thrilled the crowds each day with the tail gate to the ground super charged runs.

Dina Parise Wins 2015 IHRA Crower Pro Mod Championship
Former Ice Capades figure skater-turned-professional drag racer Dina Parise won the IHRA 2015 Crower Pro Mod points championship Saturday night in Memphis.

Going into the weekend’s IHRA Nitro Jam World Finals at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tennessee, Parise led Ohio’s Bill Lutz by 31 points. Parise’s march to the 2015 title concluded Saturday evening when Lutz lost during the first round of Pro Mod eliminations. Parise's unique Cadillac Pro Mod was defeated in the semi-final round of eliminations by veteran Billy Harper.

Parise had two runner-up finishes in the final round of eliminations over the seven-race 2015 series.

NMRA Announces 2016 Schedule
Santa Ana, Calif. - The National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA) event team has announced the official schedule for the 2016 season. The NMRA Ford Nationals Series features an exciting line-up of evens including the return to racetracks rich in history with the National Mustang Racers Association.

National Event Director Rollie Miller said, "Moving to Maple Grove Raceway puts us back into the exciting Philadelphia and New Jersey markets, we haven't been there in a few years. We are looking forward to working with Lex Dudas and his staff, bringing back the Ford Motorsports Nationals to Maple Grove,"

Lex Dudas, Vice President and General Manager of Maple Grove Raceway, added, "We're proud to add the NMRA even to our very busy 2016 calendar of events. The NMRA puts a quality show in front of our fans and we know they'll enjoy the event".

NMRA will also visit National Trail Raceway in mid-June. Miller continued, "We have a lot of racers in the Ohio Valley region, and National Trail Raceway presents an exciting opportunity for our NMRA brand. Like Maple Grove Raceway, NMRA has a storied history with this facility. The central location combined with the recent updates Mike Fornataro and his team have made to the facility make it an ideal location for NMRA."

Since 1999, the NMRA has brought Ford and Mustang fans the "#1 All-Ford Motorsport Event" in the country. NMRA events offer the most competitive grassroots all-Ford drag racing combined with the biggest all-Ford car shows, manufacturers' midways, burnout contests, grudge nights, featured classes, celebrity visits and more.

March 3 - 6, 2016
NMRA Spring Break Shootout
Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, FL

April 7 - 10, 2016
NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals
Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, GA

April 28 - May 1, 2016
NMRA Ford Motorsports Nationals
Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, PA

June 9 - 12, 2016
NMRA All-Ford SUPERNATIONALS
National Trail Raceway, Hebron, OH

July 28-31, 2016
NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing
Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL

September 29 - October 2, 2016
NMRA All-Ford World Finals
Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, KY

PRI News: Resources for Exhibitors Now Available
If you have a performance company that will be exhibiting at the 2015 Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis in December, this announcment from PRI is for you.
Online Media Center For PRI Show Now Available
PRI's convenient Online Media Center allows exhibiting companies to upload news releases, product information and more in advance of the Trade Show on December 10-12, 2015. Show-related press releases, which can be submitted here, will be added to the PRI website and promoted to the media.

PRI 2015 Exhibitors Invited To Schedule Press Conferences
Each year, PRI Trade Show exhibitors break important news to the race media via press conferences, which are held in the PRI Show Media Center or in the exhibitors' booths. Learn more about PRI's Press Conference Guidelines.

The 2015 PRI Trade Show will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 10 - 12, 2015, in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wrap-Up: National Dragster Challenge at Gateway Motorsports Park
MADISON, Illinois – Scott Offerman of Highland, Illinois, defeated Scott Cook of Festus, Missouri to win top honors in the Super Pro class during the annual NHRA National Dragster Challenge October 3, 2015 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Dustin Bryant won the Pro class and Danny Ratulowski claimed the Sportsman division trophy.

Charles Willis Jr. won the Super Pro Motorcycle class. Leah Albietz (Junior Lightning) and Luke Hansen (Junior Thunder) were victors in the final points race of 2015 NHRA Jr. Dragster competition.

NHRA National Dragster Challenge – Final-round elimination results, Saturday, October 3

SUPER PRO
Winner: Scott Offerman (Highland, Illinois) 2005 dragster 5.009 sec./128.31 mph.
Runner-up: Scott Cook (Festus, Missouri) 2015 Racecraft 5.081 sec./112.74 mph.

PRO
Winner: Dustin Bryant (Litchfield, Illinois) 1975 Monza 6.801 sec./82.62 mph.
Runner-up: Tom Heaney (Imperial, Missouri) 1991 Mustang 6.062 sec./112.47 mph.

SPORTSMAN
Winner: Danny Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) 2001 Camaro 12.853 sec./106.75 mph.
Runner-up: Mike Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) 2000 Camaro 13.135 sec./100.87 mph.

SUPER PRO MOTORCYCLE
Winner: Charles Willis Jr. (Bunker Hill, Illinois) 2003 Hayabusa 10.029 sec./133.86 mph.
Runner-up: Janie Palm (Bunker Hill, Illinois) 2008 Hayabusa 9.058 sec./136.87 mph.

JR. DRAGSTER LIGHTNING
Winner: Leah Albietz (Wentzville, Missouri) 7.976 sec./72.19 mph.
Runner-up: Luke Albietz (Wentzville, Missouri) 7.937 sec./82.09 mph.

JR. DRAGSTER THUNDER
Winner: Luke Hansen (Wildwood, Missouri) 9.509 sec./68.15 mph.
Runner-up: Amber Schmidt (Imperial, Missouri) 13.906 sec./44.63 mph.

Fun Ford Series vs. Mega Mopar Action at PBIR
Jupiter, FL - It’s a Ford vs. Mopar smackdown at Palm Beach International Raceway on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Top Eliminator (Box) pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $50 Quarters. $50 entry, $25 buybacks. Super Eliminator (No Box) pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, $50 Quarters. $40 entry, $20 buybacks

Ultra Street pays $1,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $300 Semis and $150 Quarters. $100 entry. X632/Outlaw 632 pays $2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $450 Semis, $300 Quarters. $200 entry.

Street Bike pays 50% Win / 25% Runner-Up. $30 entry, $15 buybacks. Junior Dragsters pays $150 Win, $100 Runner-Up. $20 entry, $10 buybacks. DOT Tire/Street Ford & Mopar (Any dial in with DOT street tires and mufflers required, No Electronics) pays $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up. $30 entry, $15 buybacks.

Gates open at 8:00 am, time trials at 10:00 am and eliminations at 1:30 pm. Visit www.RacePBIR.com for more info.

Maple Grove's Last Hurrah for 2015
Mohnton, PA - The racers asked for it, and Maple Grove will deliver it. Maple Grove Raceway's Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 17, 2015 will be a last hurrah for 2015 as ET Bracket races are held all day long. All regular ET Bracket classes will run, with all the normal Money Trail entry fees and purse structures. Following are the entry fees for each class:

Super Pro: $75
Pro: $55
Street: $40
Top Bike: $45
Jr. Dragster: $30
Trophy: $30
Jr. Street: $30
Pro Dial: $40 if running another class, $55 for Pro Dial only

Gates for the Halloween Bash open at 8:00 am. Time trials will begin at 9:00 am, and eliminations will begin after two rounds of time trials. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes in the kids, adults, and pet categories. For more information, please visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.
Blue Flu: Ford Fever Classic at Maryland Int'l Raceway
Maryland International Raceway’s 2015 Ford Fever Classic is Friday – Sunday, October 9 - 11. Events include nostalgia racing with 422 Motorsports, Shootout and Open Comp classes and a variety of Sportsman eliminators.

Heads-up and Open Comp classes include Outlaw Drag Radial ($2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters. $100 entry,.400 Pro Tree, 1/8 mile), X275 ($2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters. $100 entry,.400 Pro Tree, 1/8 mile), Ultra Street ($1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis. $100 entry,.400 Pro Tree, 1/8 mile), Super Stang ($500 Win, $50 entry), and Lightning Shootout ($500 Win, $50 entry).

Bracket classes include Top ET ($1,500 Win, $60 entry), Mod ET ($1,000 Win, $50 entry), Stick ET ($500 Win, $45 entry), and Street ET ($500 Win, $45 entry).

Gates open Friday at 9:00 am for a test & tune. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with time runs at 10:30 am. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with time runs at 10:00 am. For more information, including complete payouts, visit MIR's website at www.RaceMDIR.com/ford.

Missie Addison Benefit Race at US-19 Dragway
Albany, GA - Attention to the racers in the area of US-19 Dragway, we have a racer in need. Missie Addison has been undergoing treatment for Stage 4 breast cancer, including radiation and soon will begin chemotherapy. Missie and her family have to cover the expenses of traveling 100 miles to receive these treatments.

To help, US-19 Dragway is presenting the Missie Addison Benefit Shoot-Out on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Classes include Pro & Super Pro, Sportsman and Jr. Dragster.

Pro & Super Pro pays $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up. Entry is $65; 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $25. Payouts based on 50 car minimum. Sportsman pays $100 Win, $50 Runner-Up. Entry is $25; 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $10. Jr. Dragster is a 100% payback. Entry is $25; 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $10.

Gates open at noon with time runs at 2:00 pm. Visit www.us19-dragway.com.

Let’s Go To The BOP! At Cordova Int’l Raceway

Cordova, IL - Calling all Midwest owners of Buicks. Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs: Saturday, October 10, 2015 is your day at Cordova International Raceway.

There’s a Show & Shine, a swap meet, and of course drag racing! Classes include Quick 16 Box / No Box Combo. The Q8 Box winner and the Q8 No Box winner each win $400, then run each other for an additional $600. Q8 entry fee is $75.

There’s also a Buick-Olds-Pontiac Race For Cash for Street Tires (drag radials and cheaters allowed) and Race Slicks. Each class pays $400 Win. Entry for each is $40.

Gates open at 9:00 am. For more info visit www.RaceCIR.com.

Aww, So Cute! Mini Points at Milan Dragway
Milan, MI – Milan Dragway’s Fall Mini-Points continues on Sunday October 11 with racing for Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Super Pro Bike. Super Pro and Pro have the same payouts: At 45+ cars, $1,200 Win, $350 Runner-Up, $125 Semis, $60 Quarters and $30 Eighths. At 25-44 cars, $1,000 / $300 / $80 / $40 / $20. At 24 or fewer cars, Win 40%, Runner-Up 20%, Semis 10%. Entry is $45, 1st round buybacks are $20.

Sportsman pays $400 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $75 Semis and $30 Quarters, based on 30+ cars. At 15-29 cars, $300 / $100 / $50 / $20. Entry is $35, 1st round buybacks are $20. S/P Bike pays $300 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $35 Semis, based on 8 bikes. Entry is $35, 1st round buybacks are $20.

Gates open at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com.

Super Chevy Show at Rockingham Dragway
Rockingham, N.C. – The 4.70 Outlaws, two jet dragsters, an outrageous steel-bodied 1969 Camaro, daily bracket races and the largest gathering of GM show cars in the Carolinas are among the features of the annual Dieffenbach Superstore Super Chevy Show, Oct. 9-11, at Rockingham Dragway.

A 12 noon-7 p.m. test session on Friday, Oct. 9, will be followed by two days of drag racing and car show judging augmented by a swap meet and a vendor midway featuring the latest Chevy car models as well as the latest parts and pieces with which to personalize them.

Saturday’s program includes Outlaw 4.70 qualifying at 11 a.m. and 12 noon and the first round of eliminations at 2:30 p.m. Racing to championships in Top Eliminator, Footbrake, Jr. Dragster and the DOT Tire class begins at 1 p.m.

Closing the show on Saturday will be a match race between Jill Fazekas and Robert Albertson, the respective drivers of the “Queen of Diamonds II” and “Blazing Angel” jet-powered dragsters capable of achieving finish line speeds in excess of 300 mph.

On Sunday, first round eliminations in Top Eliminator, Footbrake, Jr. Dragster and DOT begin at 10 a.m. followed by a resumption of racing for the 4.70 Outlaws championship. Sunday’s car show awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.

Sportsman Spectacular at Farmington Dragway
Mocksville, NC - Farmington Dragway has a big day coming up on October 10th, 2015 with its Sportsman Spectacular. Classes include Top ET, Footbrake, Street ET, Stock/Super Stock, Pro Tree and Jr. Dragster.

Top ET is Open Body vs. Door Car and pays $1,500 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $25 Round starting 3rd Round win, based on 48 cars. Entry is $50, buybacks are $40.

Footbrake is Mopars vs. The World and pays $1,200 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $20 Round starting with 3rd Round win, based on 48 cars. Entry is $40, buybacks are $30.

Jr. Dragster and Street ET each pays 80% back to Win, Runner-Up and Semis. Entry is $20, buybacks are $10.

Stock/Super Stocks pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, based on 32 cars. Entry is $40. Pro Tree is a .500 handicapped tree and pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, based on 32 cars. Entry is $40.

Gates open at 8:00 am with time runs at 10:30 am. Visit www.FarmingtonDragway.com.

Senft, Nichols Jr. & Mayers Claim Mid-Atlantic .90 Championships

Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA - Ash Senft knew he had a tough task in front of him going into the Mid-Atlantic .90 Association’s Season Finale weekend at Maple Grove Raceway. Facing almost a five round deficit over season-long point leader Kevin Scholl, Senft would need all the cards to fall his way by day's end on Sunday to be 2015 MASCA Champion. As Saturday’s eliminations began, things started to align themselves early in Race #9 as Senft & Scholl faced off in the 1st round of eliminations with the winner controlling their own destiny. Senft took a close 8.922 to 8.925 victory and rode that early momentum all the way to Saturday’s Winner’s Circle with a final-round victory over Kevin Robb's A-1 Mulch dragster. The win got Senft past Scholl for the points lead by a mere five markers going into Sunday’s Race #10. With the first point leader change of the year after Saturday's Race #9, Scholl knew he needed to go rounds on Sunday and have Senft bow out early for any chance of taking back the points lead and claiming his first MASCA Championship. Another top 5 player in the points derailed Scholl's program as third place Bill Hardifer had his own plan and got around Scholl at the stripe, ending any Championship hopes for the Hookdaddy Motorsports team. Senft was able to go deep enough in eliminations Sunday to clinch his first MASCA Championship.

Two champions were crowned after racing was completed on Saturday: Keith Mayers in MASSA (10.90) and Earl Nichols Jr. in MASGA (9.90). Mayers had a stellar year in his unique Porsche 944 netting a series-high 4 wins along with a runner-up over the 10-race season. He capped it off with a victory Saturday in a re-match of the Atco Race #2 final when Kelli Barbato went red in her ‘68 Camaro, thereby eliminating former Champ Jimmy Stack from Championship contention. Nichols was also on a season-long mission in the MASGA series with his "Cremator" topless Corvette. With 2 wins and 2 runner-ups during the season, he earned enough points to top rival and 3-time MASGA Champ Iggie Boicesco. This is the 3rd MASGA Championship for Earl, a multiple-business owner from Wilmington, DE. Saturday’s Race #9 MASGA final featured a pair of “locals” as Hank Smith and his Ken's Kustom Chassis topless ’15 Camaro took the win when Paul Schonberger's flamed Arrow also went red.

In Sunday’s Race #10, Walter Olt claimed the MASCA win over recent Englishtown LODRS S/C winner Danny "Mr. Happy" Bisbano when Bisbano lit the red bulb. In Super Gas, Jake Barbato finally overcame some major earlier-season gremlins by driving his ’98 Camaro to the last available MASGA win of the 2015 season by taking out the beautiful Mustang of New York’s Frank Volpe. In another classic Chevy vs. Ford battle, Barbato took the ‘tree and parlayed the .009 advantage into a double-breakout victory 9.896 to 9.889. Rounding out Race #10 action in Super Street, Dom Burgese out of Williamstown, NJ was able to grab the MASSA victory over first-time finalist Rick Mattioli’s multi-purpose ride in a battle of Gen 1 Camaros. The super-tight final saw Burgese grab a slight advantage at the ‘tree (.001 to .004) and go on to seal the deal with a 10.894 to 10.892 victory.

Text and photos: Rob Keister / Mid Atlantic .90 Association

Southern Outlaw Tour Season Finale at Montgomery Raceway Park
Montgomery, AL - Another season of Southern Outlaw Tour racing will soon be in the record books at Montgomery Raceway Park. Friday & Saturday, October 16 & 17 mark the finale of the Tour for this year. Classes will include Pro Modified, 5.70 Real Street, Super Pro, Outlaw Bottom Bulb and Jr. Dragster.

Pro Mod is a 16-car field for blown and nitrous. Payout is $3,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $500 Quarters and $250 1st Round. Entry is free for car, driver and two crew members.

5.70 Real Street is for Real Street Racing Association members and pays $$1,500 Win, $600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $75. Super Pro pays $5,000 Win based on 50 car minimum. Entry is $100, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $50. Outlaw Bottom Bulb pays $1,000 Win, based on 25 car minimum. Entry is $40, buybacks are $25. Jr. Dragster pays $500 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry is $40.

Gates open Friday at 4:00 pm with qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am, with an open track shake-down at 1:30, qualifying at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, and 1st Round at 7:00 pm. Visit www.montgomeryracewaypark.com.

Summer Series Shootout Columbus Day Weekend at Atco Dragway
Atco, NJ - Atco Dragway’s Summer Series Shootout wraps up Columbus Day Weekend, Friday– Sunday, October 9-11, 2015. These quarter-mile gambler’s races are for dials of 6.50 – 12.99. Electronics permitted. No double-entries.

The payouts for Friday’s and Sunday’s races are $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $75 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $150 per day, buybacks are $95. Saturday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $200, buybacks are $125.

Gates open Friday at 11:00 am with time trials at 1:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. For more information visit www.Atco-Dragway.com.

St. Louis Superbucks Showdown at Gateway Motorsports Park
MADISON, Illinois – The Illinois Lottery’s slogan is “Anything’s Possible” and a winner at Gateway Motorsports Park’s Oct. 17-18 St. Louis Superbucks Showdown could very well experience the biggest payoff in the track’s history of bracket-style drag racing.

The winner in each day’s final round of Super Pro eliminations could earn a $10,000 payday and the Pro bracket winner faces a potential $5,000 prize. The potential $10,000 Super Pro winner’s payout is based on 150 or more entries competing in the first round of eliminations. Likewise, the Pro winner’s potential payout of $5,000 is based on 150 or more entries competing in the first round of eliminations.

St. Louis Superbucks Showdown Payout Structure

Super Pro (Box) – 1/8 mile
  • Win (Based on 150 or more first-round entries): $10,000.
  • Win (Based on 100-149 first-round entries): $7,500.
  • Win (Based on 1-99 first-round entries): $5,000.
  • Runner-up: $1,000.
  • Semi: $250.
  • Quarters: $150.
  • Eighths (If more than 65 cars compete in first round): $100.
  • Entry fee: $100 (Purchase up to 2 class entries per day).
  • First or second-round buy-backs: $60.

Pro (No-Box) – 1/8 mile

  • Win (Based on 150 or more first-round entries): $5,000.
  • Win (Based on 100-149 first-round entries): $3,500.
  • Win (Based on 1-99 first-round entries): $2,500.
  • Runner-up: $500.
  • Semi: $125.
  • Quarters: $75.
  • Eighths: $50 (If more than 65 cars compete in first round);
  • Entry fee: $50 (Purchase up to 2 class entries per day).
  • First or second-round buybacks: $30.

Super Pro racers who enter the unique Illinois Lottery Run for the Money event have the opportunity to win a prize that could reach hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars. The entry fee for the Illinois Lottery Run for the Money is $20. The driver who runs closest to his dial-in will receive 50% of the total entry fees collected and $500 worth of Illinois Lottery scratch-off tickets. Visit www.gatewaymsp.com.

NHRA 2015 National Performer Award Standings
From www.NHRARacer.com (as of 9/24/2015):

Twin Top ET $5Ks at Maryland International Raceway
Maryland International Raceway’s Top ET $5Ks take place Friday and Saturday, September 25th & 26th, 2015 at the Superchargers Showdown.

This event will feature a $5,000 to win payout each day. Purses for this race also include round money at $100 per round starting with 2nd round winners. This is the last 1/4 mile Top ET High Roller race for the 2015 season. Each day pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, and $100 Round starting with 2nd Round Winners. Entry is $126 per day; 1st & 2nd Round buybacks are $80.

Each race is on the 1/8th Mile for 0.00 – 8.49 dials. No throttle stops. No double-entries, but one driver may drive two cars. Gates open 3:00 pm on Friday with time trials at 4:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am.

On Friday, MDIR will run Top ET (only) along with the Pros - points will not be in effect. Then on Saturday, the track will run the full Speed Unlimited ET Series with points in effect for all classes (regular weekly payouts will apply to Mod ET, Motorcycle ET and Junior Dragster). This will help to provide an earlier completion of all ET classes. For more information visit www.RaceMDIR.com.

Nostalgia Drags at Milan Dragway

Milan Dragway’s Nostalgia Drags are coming up Saturday & Sunday, September 26th & Sunday, 2015. This drag race, car show and swap meet is open to vehicles 1990 and older.

Race classes include Nostalgia Box, Nostalgia Sportsman, Nostalgia Comp, Nostalgia No Box and Trophy. Gates open at 8:00 am with racing starting at 10:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more information.

Huntsville Dragway Bracket Series on September 26 & 27
The Huntsville Dragway Bracket Series continues on Saturday & Sunday, September 26th & 27th, 2015 with big money races in Pro and Footbrake.

On Saturday, Pro pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $100. On Sunday, Pro pays $10,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry is $150, or a 2-day entry is $200.

On Saturday and Sunday, Footbrake pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry for either day is $30, or a 2-day entry is $50.

Gates open at 9 am Saturday and Sunday with time trials at 11:00 am. Visit www.HuntsvilleDragway.us.

4.70 Doorslammers at Kil-Kare Raceway
Xenia, OH - Kil-Kare Raceway presents the Buckeye 4.70 Doorslammers on Saturday, September 26 and again on Saturday, October 24th, 2015. This Index race is for door cars only, with no weight limitations. .400 Pro tree. No throttle stops.

The payouts are $1,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $150 Quarters. Entry is $150.

Gates open at 10:00 am. For more info visit www.Kilkare.com.

Sponsor News: Meziere Launches New Website
Escondido, CA – Our friends at Meziere Enterprises have launched an updated and redesigned website at www.Meziere.com. This new site is more user-friendly and includes a centrally-placed search field, much-improved navigation with drop-down menus, and embedded videos.

According to Don Meziere, “In addition to being more user-friendly, we developed this site to be a comprehensive source of technical information on each product. In the next few months we plan to listen carefully to the information our customers require and provide every bit of it right on the site. We are always happy to take phone calls and help to solve problems. The phone is always an option for our customers. However, our goal was to build this website into a serious front-line information source to support those inquiries.”

Meziere Enterprises is a family owned and operated company that specializes in cooling systems & accessories, flexplates & accessories, starters & accessories and chassis components & accessories.

Visit www.Meziere.com.

Battle of the Big Dawgs at The House of Hook
Aiken, SC - To our Pro Mod and Pro Mod Bike friends in the Carolinas, Friday & Saturday, October 9 & 10 are for you at Carolina Dragway and The Battle of the Big Dawgs.

Pro Mod pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $500 Quarters, based on 8 car minimum. Entry is $150. No screw blowers, door cars only, max turbo 94 mm.

Pro Mod Bike pays $4,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up and $500 Semis, based on 8 bike minimum. $250 entry.

There’s also Xtreme 29s ($4,000 Win, $150 entry, N/T), Xtreme 28s ($4,000 Win, $150 entry, N/T), Smallblock ($4,000 Win, $150 entry, N/T) and 4.70 Index ($3,000 Win, $125 entry).

Gates open Friday at 2:00 pm, testing at 6:00 pm, qualifying at 8:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am, qualifying at 12 noon and 2:00 pm and eliminations at 4:00 pm. Visit www.HouseOfHook.com.

Mike Nelson Jr. Wins 2015 Rick’s Jewelers “Ring for the Queen” Challenge at MDIR
MECHANICSVILLE, MD – Mike Nelson Jr. of Valley Lee, Maryland has claimed this year’s Rick’s Jewelers “Ring for the Queen” challenge at Maryland International Raceway, sponsored by Rick’s Jewelers of California, MD. The challenge is in its 11th year as part of the Speed Unlimited ET Series program at MDIR. It allows racers the opportunity to compete for a certified full one-carat ladies diamond solitaire ring prize (with a retail value of $9,600), by being the first racer during the ET series points season to successfully earn 6 “Diamond Points”.

Every time a racer is perfect on either end of the track (.000 reaction time or dead on the dial with a zero), he/she earns a “Diamond Point”. The first racer to earn 6 Diamond Points gets the ring - it’s that simple. Should no one collect 6 Diamond Points before the last points race of the season, the ring will be awarded to the racer with the most Diamond Points, ensuring a ring will be awarded each year. If there is a tie of two or more racers with the most Diamond Points, then the points Tie Breaker system will be used to determine the winner.

Nelson Jr. and his ‘81 Top ET Camaro claimed the prize this past weekend collecting his 6th Diamond point of the season during the Raider ET Challenge event, when he ran a perfect 5.240 ET on a 5.24 dial-in in the second round of eliminations on Saturday. Several racers had collected multiple points throughout the season and were in the running for the prize, however, Nelson’s consistency all season paid off for him in the end.

For more information about Maryland International Raceway, visit www.RaceMDIR.com.

NHRA D4 Summit Jr. ET Finals Results
Thanks to NHRA Division 4 Director Trey Capps for sharing this item with us about the D4 Jr. ET Finals results:

SATURDAY TRAXXAS FUN RUN FINAL RESULTS:
JR QUICK 32:

Champion #4102 Codi Bettis
RU #4003 Tori Greene

JR TOP 13-UP
Champion #4133 Amanda Morti
RU #4432 Mallory Bontrager

JR MODIFIED 10-12
Champion #4035 Carson Russell
RU #4094 Aaron Jordan

JR SPORTSMAN 6-9
Champion #4680 Devin Abernathy
RU #447 Colt Saum

ALL RUN BRACKET
Champion #541 Lauren Dodd
RU #4911 Darian Boesch

SUNDAY NHRA SUMMIT JR DRAGSTER ET FINALS RESULTS:
RACE OF CHAMPIONS

Champion # 408X, Cory Gulitti, Royal Purple Raceway
RU #5214, Kaylee Chaffin, Thunder Valley Raceway Park

JR 15-17
Champion #4911, Darian Boesch, No Problem Raceway
RU #4032, Rylan McClaskey, Texas Motorplex

JR TOP 13-14
Champion #4003, Tori Greene, Texas Motorplex
RU #408X, Cory Gulitti Royal, Purple Raceway

JR MODIFIED 10-12
Champion #4016, Bryce Stansbury, Royal Purple Raceway
RU #4006, Hayden Trumble, Royal Purple Raceway

JR SPORTSMAN 6-9
Champion #4985, Rylie Trumble Royal, Purple Raceway
RU #4106, Jonathan McClain, Thunder Road Raceway

Team Points:
1. Royal Purple Team 1
2. Royal Purple Team 2
3. Texas Motorplex Team 1
4. Royal Purple Team 3
5. Texas Motorplex Team 2
6. Thunder Valley Team 1
7. Thunder Road Team 1
8. No Problem Team 1
9. Tulsa Raceway Team 1
10. Texas Raceway

IHRA News: Summit Super Series Rules Clarification
An announcment from our friends at IHRA:

"For the first time in 2015, the final six spots in the Summit Super Series field is being determined by comparing all the runner-up runs in Summit Super Series race held at each Summit Team Final. The term “best package” has been used as a way to describe the values that are used in determining the six spots.

It was determined by IHRA a number of months ago that we would rank each run as “closest to perfect”, meaning that a run that is -.001 red and dead on the dial-in with a 0 would be ranked as a .001 package and be considered a better run then someone who was .020 green and .01 over their dial for a .03 package. The overall package was calculated as a total number away from perfect regardless of foul starts or breakouts.

The object of the ranking system to determine the final spots is one that simply calculates the amount of time away from a perfect run a competitor turns in during the final round of the Summit Super Series race. There has been some confusion and questions regarding the ranking of packages recently and we wanted to clear up how the ranking system worked and what the intent is in determining the final spots in the field."

Jr. Dragster Thrash, Mountain Bash at South Mountain Raceway
Boiling Springs, PA – South Mountain Raceway has events coming up for race cars of all sizes: the Jr. Dragster Thrash for Cash and the Mutt & Jeff Mountain Bash.

The Jr. Dragster Thrash for Cash is Sunday, September 27th, 2015. Classes include Pro Jr. and Top Jr. Pro Jr. is 7.90 heads-up, for ages 13-18, .500 Pro tree. Payout is $500 Win, $300 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Top Jr. is bracket format for ages 14 and under, .500 Full tree. Payout is $300 Win, $200 Runner-Up and $50 Semis.

Then on Sunday, October 4th, 2015, it’s the 1st Annual Mutt & Jeff Mountain Bash. This race for electronics-equipped race cars pays out a guaranteed $1,500 Win and $750 Runner-Up. There’s also round money that’s based on car count. Entry is $65, 1st Round buybacks are $30. Footbrakers are welcomed, too. Gates open 9:00 am with time trials at 11:00 am.

For more information visit www.SouthMountainRaceway.com.

Mid Atlantic .90 Association: Hardifer, Winfelder Add Names to First Time Winners at Cecil County
The Mid Atlantic .90 Association concluded Race # 7 & 8 of its 2015 season at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, MD. At the conclusion of Saturday's time shots, Joey Cambria (Super Comp), Rich Price (Super Gas) and Kelli Barbato (Super Street) lead qualifying in their respected classes. Once eliminations got underway it would be a mixture of new and old faces gracing the winner's circle.

In the Super Gas final, it was a battle of #1 & 2 in points as Earl Nichols Jr. and Iggie Boicesco squared off in yet another final. Nichols, out of Wilmington, Delaware claimed his second victory of the year with a perfect .000 light and a 9.920 to Boicesco's break out 9.896 to extend his points lead going into Sunday's event. In Super Comp, Bill Hardifer Jr. out of Shamong, NJ took his W&T Pipeline Consultants S&W Dragster to victory over Race #5 Runner-Up Frank Genovesi who jumped the gun with a red-light. This was Hardifer's first Super Comp victory with the series and moved him into the Top 5 in points. Rounding out Saturday's action was the 10.90 Super Street group. Jimmy Stack was running a limited schedule this season in the Livezey & Garbinski Challenger but, has taken every opportunity and ran with it. Race # 7 was no different and Stack found himself in the final yet again this time against first time finalist Levon Currie and his Mustang. In the final Stack & Currie were practically dead-even off the line (.026 to .025) but, it would be Stack claiming his first victory of 2015 with a almost perfect 10.904 to Currie's break-out 10.862.

Sunday carded yet another beautiful day for the racers at Cecil County and after the completion of qualifying it would be Kathy Smulligan (Super Comp), Tom Goldman (Super Gas) and Bob Kodadek (Super Street) claiming the number one spots in all three classes. As eliminations proceeded into the later rounds, drivers were going to have to tame a very tricky racing surface that had the sun beating on it all day long. In Super Street, current points leader Keith Mayers was looking for victory number three this season but, standing in his way yet again was Race # 7 winner Jimmy Stack. With a big swing in points at stake both drivers lined up for the finals. Unfortunately, the finals were decided on the line as Stack pushed the tree and went -.004 red, handing the victory to Mayers and his Porsche. In Super Comp, another new face graced the winner circle on Sunday as Randy Winfelder Jr out of Forest Hill, Md claimed victory. Winfelder did so by defeating Saturday's race winner Bill Hardifer in the process after Hardifer fouled at the start handing the victory to Winfelder and his "More Mechanized Madness" Spitzer Dragster. Finishing off the weekend at Cecil County was the 9.90 Super Gas group. Saturday's runner-up Iggie Boicesco was looking to make-up some ground on points leader Earl Nichols Jr. after Nichols bowed out in the first round. Boicesco, would find himself in yet another final at Cecil County after he recently won the Divisional event two weeks prior in his ATI sponsored Corvette. Standing in his way was Rich Price and his top-less Corvette. At the green Boicesco took the advantage (.013 to .025) and parlayed that into an almost perfect run with a 9.899 to Price's break-out 9.886. With the win it puts Boicesco only 1 point behind Nichols going into the final weekend of racing.

Outlaw Saturday Night at Palm Beach International on September 19
Jupiter, FL - Outlaw Saturday Night is coming up on September 19, 2015 at Palm Beach International Raceway. This is an Open Test & Tune where no times are displayed on the scoreboards. Racer entry is $20; time slips are available for $1 each. Gates open at 6:00 pm, test & tune starts at 6:30 pm.

All vehicles must adhere to IHRA safety rules; IHRA rules can be found HERE.

For more information about Palm Beach International, visit www.RacePBIR.com,

Nitro Harley Championship Comes Down to the Wire
The 2012 International Hot Rod Association Nitro Harley World Champion, Jay Turner, is looking to secure his fourth IHRA Championship at the Summit World Finals featuring Nitro Jam on October 9 - 10. Turner has a 67 point lead over Tracy Kile with only one race remaining for the Nitro Harley class this season at Memphis International Raceway.

Turner is no stranger to pressure situations. The Julian, N.C. reside has raced Nitro Harleys for two decades and brought home IHRA championships in 1999, 2000 and 2012. In addition to his impressive stats with the IHRA, Turner has two AHDRA National Championships, two AMRA National Championships and was voted the IHRA Pro Driver of the Year in 2000. A championship win in Memphis would place Turner among the elite in a class that some call the competitors the most insane on the planet.

A Letter From Andrew Stirk / DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series
We received this release from Andrew Stirk of the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series based in the upstate New York / Canada area. We are sorry to learn that a good series bites the dust...
"To the loyal racers, sponsors, supporters and fans of the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series,

We thought it would appropriate at this time to update you as the 2015 Race season draws near to an end. Our last DSE Sportsman Series race now complete, this brings us to a decision making process for 2016.

We created this series out of the love of the sport and wanted to see improved purses and increased attendance (particularly closer to home at Toronto Motorsports Park) we expected to grow the series, and with it the benefactor (Toronto Motorsports Park) would embrace it and support it. Attendance increases would solely benefit the track bottom line.

Attendance has increased significantly; sponsors have been very supportive and generous. We have invested their money and contributions into the series purses and prizes, which has helped draw more participants from all over Ontario, New York and Michigan. To date the best DSE sportsman series single day and weekend participation numbers occurred at TMP this past Labour Day weekend, besting a previous series high which was set at St Thomas Raceway Park earlier this year at the Sportsman Nationals (not counting specialty race/shoot-out sales or other series we co-ordinated with).

Toronto Motorsports Park facility repairs and renovations, of which many racers have made big issues of in the past, are being completed. We the Stirk Family, personally feel TMP as a facility is as good as or better than many tracks in the Northeast.

Regretfully, TMP has failed to show any sign of approval, support or embraced partnership in regard to event marketing, event promotion and event cost, nor has the facility shown reasonable consistency in execution of DSE Sportsman series events. Assistance in advance planning of schedules, complaints from TMP management about earlier start times/later end times (due to increased car count), apparent trust issues with our administration of the series, and marginal to un-satisfactory levels of event day staffing, only add to the stress of organizing and execution of successful events.

Therefore to the disappointment of our loyal sponsors and participants, as a result of TMP’s failure to show any sign of embracing a profitable and constantly growing series for the track, and our un-willingness to invest further with “out of pocket” expenses to solve some of these problems, we are choosing to terminate the series.

At this time we are not sure what the future will be for DSE Sportsman Racing promotions, we are investigating the possibilities of promoting singular (non points series) sportsman oriented events however nothing can be confirmed at this time. DSE Automotive LTD may continue to provide limited sponsorship to other series’ Box and No Box programs as we already have at St Thomas Raceway Park and we will keep our patrons, sponsors, past sponsors and supporters aware of these promotions. The DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series name copyright is owned by DSE Automotive , and shall remain as such.

Our 2015 Year end Championship Awards Ceremony will take place Sunday November 15th at the Michelangelo Banquet Centre located in Hamilton Ontario, we are currently in the planning phase and will have ticket information, pricing and door times available in the coming week.
We want to thank each and every sponsor who has supported the series over these past five years, as well as all the volunteers who gave their time to make this series so great, and last but not least we want to thank all the racers who have come and supported us, without you we never could have grown as much as we did, and for that we thank you!

Yours Sincerely,

Andrew Stirk and family
DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series
"
PRI 2015 Offers New Tech, New Ideas & New Business
If you are in the business of auto racing, then the 2015 PRI Show is a must-attend. Racing industry professionals from across the US and 70 countries will gather in Indianapolis this December for the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI 2015). It will pack the Indiana Convention Center with exhibits of new racing products, motorsports engineering solutions, machining equipment and more.

Approximately 1200 racing companies will exhibit in PRI 2015, which takes place December 10–12, 2015. The Show provides racing retailers, race engine builders, professional race teams, WDs, motorsports engineers and more the opportunity to preview virtually all the new racing technology becoming available for the next racing season.

Full article is here...

Maple Grove Raceway Cancels $10K Fall Footbrake Nationals
An announcement from Maple Grove Raceway regarding its annual $10K Fall Footbrake Nationals:
"After lengthy discussions pertaining to the 10K Fall Footbrake Nationals, we have elected to cancel the event for 2015. In reviewing car counts since 2011's 346 entries the event has seen participation decline each and every year to last year's total of 224 entries, a total decline of 34.3% since 2011. We have also seen a major decline in the number of "buy back" entries over the same period from 2012's high of 108 to 2014's low of 59 a decrease of 45.4%. Combine both revenue streams and it is easy to see the profit has seen a major decline.

Over the years we have kept the pre-entry and "at the gate" entry fees as low as possible to make it affordable for the contestants, but to make the event profitable we were faced with major fee increases, which in these times doesn't seem viable. Our thoughts are the higher the fees, the less number of entrants will participate and we didn't want this situation to develop and further erode the participation levels.

Over the years we have met our obligations to the racers by paying full purses and we just can't have the guarantees any longer. Sure we could announce 10K to win and if we didn't get number entries needed we could have cut the purse, but we'd rather not get into those situations based on the great history of the 10K.

We are open for discussions with our racers to bring back the event in 2016 and if a viable compromise can be met we will bring the event back in another format. This will be a subject at our annual winter racer meeting.

In place of the 10K Footbrake on Saturday October 17 we have scheduled Test and Tune - Grudge race. $25 towed entries, $20 driven entries. Crew and spectators are $15. Added feature will be another round of the highly popular Pro Dial Eliminator and a Gambler race both carry a $50 entry fee payable in the NAPA tower. The entry fee will be paid back 100%, 40% winner, 20% runner up, 10% semis, 5% quarter finalists. Also on tap will be Junior Street eliminator and we'll offer license runs for any new driver in Junior Street. NHRA license runs may also be offered. For license information call Jason Leber at 610-856-9200. Gates open 9A - racing from 10A until 4P. Rear of staging closes at 3:30P."

Mike McIntire Jr.'s Sophomore Season in AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car

AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive driver Mike McIntire Jr. has had a crazy sophomore season, to say the least. The 2014 International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Nitro Funny Car rookie has a record four wins, led the points during the first half of the season, missed one race due to his father's heart surgery and recently found out that he and his wife, Susie, are expecting a baby girl.
McIntire Jr. took over the driving duties of his father's 1970 "McAttack" Camaro at the start of the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing season. It didn't take long for then 29-year-old to acclimate to his new surroundings. McIntire Jr. drove the orange and black Camaro to its first win three races into the season at the Southern Nationals. His second and final win of the season came later in the year at the Pittsburgh Nationals. Jason Rupert claimed the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive World Championship and McIntire Jr. finished second; 119 points behind the leader.


Photo Credit: Bryan Epps

The progression continued for McAttack Racing as McIntire Jr. won the 2015 season-opener at the Southwestern Nationals against Rupert. The McIntire family received some drastic news following the first Nitro Jam: Mike Sr. needed a quadruple bypass operation. McAttack Racing missed the Mardi Gras Nationals as Mike Sr. recuperated but returned at the Southern Nationals. The momentum picked up where it left off and McIntire Jr. went on to win the next three events. Not too long after the three race winning-streak, he and his wife, Susie, announced they were going to have their first child.

The tide would shift mid-season and McIntire Jr. found himself in familiar territory as Rupert and his "Bays and Rupert Black Plague" began to dominate the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive class. Rupert has won the last four out of five events with only one Nitro Jam remaining until the Summit World Finals featuring Nitro Jam. Heading into the San Antonio Nationals Fueled by Sunoco, Rupert has a 104 point lead over McIntire Jr.
"It has been a heck of a year," stated McIntire Jr. "It's really a tight point's battle between Rupert and I with only two races remaining. I think I'm only one and a half rounds out from the lead. I told him (Rupert), when I spoke to him the other day that, I want my record back regardless of what happens though! Either way I'm happy with our season and ready to get back to racing."

The championship title in every class is still up for grabs and the competition will be fierce heading into the San Antonio Nationals Fueled by Sunoco at San Antonio Raceway on September 25 - 26. The Summit World Finals featuring Nitro Jam on October 9 - 10 at Memphis International Raceway marks the final event this season. Tickets are available online for both events at www.NitroJam.com.

Teaser Shots from the LODRS at Englishtown
Here are a few shots from last week's action at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. Make sure you're subscribed to the email list and you'll be alerted when a Dragtime News On Location piece from the event is published. Subscribe in the upper-right of this page.
Tucson Locals Acquire Southwestern International Raceway
JUPITER, Fla. (September 3, 2015) - IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) has announced that three Tucson businessmen, Jon Bradford, Tom Koenan, and Jim Hughes, will take over the operations of Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) effective immediately, with Jim Hughes as Track Operator.

With the transition, the facility has been renamed Tucson Dragway. Tucson Dragway is located at Pima County Fairgrounds, 10-miles from downtown Tucson, Arizona and features a dedicated quarter-mile drag strip. Over the last 18 years, the facility has hosted such premier events as the International Hot Rod Association's (IHRA) Nitro Jam, Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series, Import Face-Off, and Tucson Dragway Reunion. Driving schools, professional testing sessions, private rentals, and corporate team-building events are also held at Tucson Dragway year-round.

"Taking over Tucson Dragway is a great opportunity for me. It's a new challenge I haven't addressed yet in my life," stated new Track Operator Jim Hughes. "I've lived at drag strips for the last 38 years of my life as a racer. I see this as an opportunity to stay closer to home, stay involved with Don Davis racecars and Hughes Motorhome and Trailer Sales. I believe we will make the sportsman racer experience second to none for the Tucson and Arizona community."

The facility will be closed during the month of September for business restructuring and facility maintenance and will reopen in October. A new website page has been created to keep fans, racers and sponsors up-to-date about the activities at Tucson Dragway. Please visit www.tucsondragway.net for additional information.

McKague Wins 2015 Super Pro Crown By One Point on Final Day at Gateway
MADISON, Illinois (September 6) – Jeremy McKague of Chamois, Missouri, won the 2015 Gateway Motorsports Park Super Pro championship by just one point over Corey Landolt on the final night of bracket points racing at Gateway Motorsports Park. McKague’s Super Pro title win marked the first time since 1999 a door car has won the championship at GMP. McKague entered his Nova – hobbled by a broken water pump – in the Super Pro, Pro and Bonus classes. He withdrew from the fourth round of eliminations in the Pro class in order to save the car in hopes of winning the Super Pro crown.

Danny Ratulowski repeated as GMP High School points champion and will represent the track at the NHRA division finals at Indianapolis. Other 2015 GMP champions include: John Ratulowski Sr. (Pro), Phil Humphrey (Index Bike), Aaron Hagen (Sportsman) and Charles Willis Sr. (Super Pro Bike).

McKague and five fellow racers – Mike Eggleston, John Ratulowski, Mike Ratulowski, Corey Landolt and Clay Tyler – won the 2015 GMP Team Challenge over four other teams. The victorious Team Tuff Paw contained two championship-winning drivers.

Ford Frenzy at Milan Dragway
Milan, MI - To our Blue Oval friends in Michigan, Milan Dragway’s Ford Frenzy is for you. This all-Ford day of drag racing and car show is Saturday, September 12, 2015. Vehicles must be Ford-bodies or Ford-powered. Race classes include Ford Truck, Sportsman (11.50 and slower, no steps or t-brakes), Nostalgia (1990 and older, no box), Box (1/8 mile), No Box (no boxes, no rear-engine dragsters) and Battle of the Mustangs.

Ford Truck and Ford Sportsman each pay $400 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis and $25 Quarters, based on 15 cars. Entry is $40, buybacks are $20.

Nostalgia, Box, No Box and Battle of the Mustangs each pay $1,000 Win, $250 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on 40 cars. Entry is $40, buybacks are $20.

Gates open at 9:00 am. Visit www.MilanDragway.com for more info.

Season Finale with Double ET Points Races at Auto Plus Raceway
Gainesville, FL – Attention in the Florida pits! Auto Plus Raceway will close out its 2015 Summit Racing ET Bracket Series with the final two points races on a single day, Saturday, September 12.

Classes include Super Pro (4.40 – 7.75 – 1/8th mile ET; $60 entry, $25 buybacks), Pro (5.70 – 8.99 – 1/8th mile ET; $50 entry, $25 buybacks), Sportsman (11.50 – 19.99 1/4 mile ET, $35 entry, $15 buybacks), Pro Bike (7.50 – 15.99 ¼ mile ET; $35 entry, $15 buybacks) and Jr. Dragster ($25 entry, $15 buybacks).

The track will be hosting a Racer Appreciation Lunch between the first and second races. After the lunch there’ll be a Dialing for Dollars round prior to the second race.

Gates open at 8:30 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Visit autoplusraceway.com for more info.

Super 7 Series 2015 Grand Finale Coming Up September 4 - 6

Montgomery, AL - For our racing friends in Alabama is the Super 7 Series 2015 Grand Finale at Montgomery Raceway Park. This three day event is Friday – Sunday, September 4th – 6th, 2015.

Super Pro races all three days. Friday’s payout is $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $250 Quarters and $25 Round starting 3rd Round Win. Entry for Friday is $150; buybacks are $50. Saturday and Sunday each pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters and $50 Round starting 3rd Round Win. Entry each day is $150; buybacks are $100. Enter all three races for $300. All payouts based on 100 car minimum.

Pro class races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $1,750 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on 40 entries. Entry is $60 per day; buybacks are $30.

Jr. Dragster races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $500 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $25 Semis, based on 16 entries. Entry is $30 per day; buybacks are $20 1st or 2nd round.

A special event for Friday and Saturday is the Super Pro Million $ Shootout that pays the Winner an entry into the Million $ Race; the Runner-Up receives an entry into three $25K races at the Million. Entry is $100 each day. 32 car minimum.

Gates open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking only. Gates open Friday at 8:00 am, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com for more information.

Wrap-Up: TNT Super Series at Empire's IHRA Pro-Am

The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series rolled into Empire Dragway on August 22 as part of the IHRA Summit Pro-Am weekend. 38 cars staged for a little Saturday night 7.00 index shoot-out with Paul Young from Alden, New York ultimately taking the event win. Young qualified 16th with a 7.039 and proceeded to take out Kirk Parry in round one by cutting down the tree with a .016 and coasting to a 7.026.

Billy Ryan was next and gave Young a run for his money in second round. Ryan was good at .009 but Young was better at .004. At the stripe, Young’s 7.004 closed the door on Ryan's 7.011. Third round he met with Rob Holden. Both drivers were less than stellar on the tree .067 to a .119 but that difference allowed Young to back into him for the win. He got it back in the fourth round bye with an .016 6.998 effort. The semis had him up against two-time TNTSS champion JJ Jablonski. Separated by a mere .003 off the line, Young took it in a double breakout 6.986 to 6.976.

The $1000 money round at 2:45am paired Young with last year's TNTSS champion Jason Vitez. The race ended as soon as it began with Vitez going red and Young laying down a .010 light paired with a 7.001 ET; An .011 package just to show he meant business.
Young was the 2009 TNTSS points champion and now has only two races separating him from winning his second Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series championship.

Kentucky High Dollars Nationals at London Dragway
London, KY – Our friends in the Blue Grass State should get to London Dragway for the Kentucky High Dollars Nationals, September 4-6, 2015.

Top ET races Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The payout per day is $7,500 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $400 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths, based on 125 cars. Entry per day is $125, or a 3-day entry is $300. Buybacks are $60.

Mod ET races Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The payout per day is $1,200 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on 45 cars. Entry per day is $50, or a 3-day entry is $120. Buybacks are $40.

Saturday and Sunday each feature a Super 64 Shootout, open to the first 64 racers who enter. Saturday’s pays $20,000 Win, $4,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters and $250 Eighths. Entry is $500; no buybacks. Sunday’s pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis and $400 Quarters. Entry is $300; no buybacks. You must call 606-231-3446 to pre-enter the Shootouts.

Gates open Thursday 5-10 pm for parking. Gates open Friday at 9 am with time trials at noon. Gates open Saturday at 9 am with time trials at 10 am. Gates open Sunday at 8 am with a time run at 10 am.

For more information visit www.londondragway.com.

Wrap-Up: Maple Grove's 2015 ET Bracket Racing Series
MOHNTON, Pa. - The final race of the 2015 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway was held Saturday, August 22 with a twilight event. Cool temperatures lead to some fast racing at the race, which saw Shayne Beck take the win in the Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro division. Beck, of Narvon, Pa., defeated Alan Robinson of Honeybrook, Pa. in the final heat of the division. Beck won the race when Robinson red lighted at the start.

Robert Smith (West Chester, Pa.) was the winner in Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator, as he ran his '66 Chevy to the victory over Paul Thimm, Jr. (Mohnton, Pa.) and his '27 Ford Roadster. Smith took the win on a double break out, with Smith getting closer to his dial-in than Thimm.

P.C. Richard and Son Street Eliminator was won by Ted Meyle from Chalfont, Pa. Meyle beat Phil Williams in the final elimination when Williams red lighted at the start.

Taking the win light in Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike was repeat winner Kyle Gockley of Mohnton, Pa. Gockley rode his Suzuki to the win over Austin Youndt of Stevens, Pa.

Ben Spotts of Douglassville, Pa. visited Sunoco Race Fuels Victory Lane in the Universal Technical Institute Junior Dragster division, defeating Braylon Kuhn, also of Douglassville.

The Junior Street class saw Samantha Hess of Mountville, Pa. take the win over his finals competition Ian Bechtel of Reading, Pa. Hess won when Bechtel red lighted at the start.

The Trophy class was won on Saturday by Tim Rubendull of Pottstown, Pa. Rubendull defeated James Ely of Center Valley, Pa. by posting a reaction time of .013 compared to Ely's .088.

Pro Dial was once again part of the action on Saturday night, with Jayme Colon taking the win light. Colon, of Reading, Pa., drove his '68 Camaro to the win based on his competition, Shane Sweigart of Reading, Pa., fouling at the starting line.

Lastly, the NHRA King of the Track was crowned Saturday night, and the King was Shayne Beck of Narvon, Pa. The winners of Super Pro, Pro, Street, and Top Bike all ran in the final heats of the night and in the final it was Beck taking out Kyle Gockley to secure the victory.

Racing Matriarch Barbara Schultz Passes
Woodbridge, VA., August 23, 2015 - Barbara Schultz, matriarch of a prolific racing family, passed away after a prolonged illness at age 79. Mrs. Schultz will be remembered by many in the drag racing community as the mother and business manager of Roberta Schultz Mack, a fixture on the East Coast funny car match racing circuit in the 1970s and 1980s along with her late husband Walter “Tex” Schultz.

In addition to her daughter Roberta, her son Carl drove the family funny car and her daughter Suzie drove the family Pro Stock car on the early Miss America Pro Stock Circuit. Her son-in-law Tod Mack is the founder and former owner of the Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD among several other drag strips and recognized as one of the sport’s influential innovators. He also drove the Big Mac Attack funny cars for many years. Her oldest son, Walter, was the guiding force of her youngest son Shawn’s very successful motocross career.

The current generation of grandchildren and great-grandchildren are continuing the Schultz motorsports legacy with Greg Cooper a successful motocross racer and great granddaughters Alexis and Mia Schultz major forces on the PDRA and NHRA Junior Dragster circuits.

Dragstar Championships at Toronto Motorsports Park

The 5th Annual Dragstar Labour Day Championships are Saturday and Sunday, September 5 & 6, 2015 at Toronto Motorsports Park. These are the final two races for the DSE Sportsman Series championship. Saturday features the DSE All-Star Race that pits sixteen of the top DSE racers against each other for $1,000 cash.

Also on the schedule are Quick 16, Super Pro and Modified. Quick 16 pays $1,100 Win, $450 Runner-Up, $250 Semis and $50 Quarters (15 cars needed for full payouts). Entry is $150 per day. Super Pro pays $1,100 Win, $450 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $160 Quarters and $80 Eighths (52 cars needed for full payouts). Entry is $60 per day plus gate fee. Modified pays $1,000 Win, $450 Runner-Up, $230 Semis, $180 Quarters, $130 Eighths and $80 Sixteenths (65 cars needed for full payouts). Entry is $50 per day plus gate fee.

Gates open 9:00 am each day. For more information visit SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.

Street Shootout at Skyview Drags on August 29
Barton, NY - No race car? No problem! Bring your street vehicle to Skyview Drags for the Super Street Shootout on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

This dial-in race is for street-legal cars, trucks and motorcycles. Cars must have DOT tires, full exhaust, no electronics, no transbrakes. Helmet is required. There are no ET limits, and fire jackets are required for 7.49 or quicker ETs. 6.49 or quicker require safety gear mandated for those ETs.

Payout is $1,500 + trophy Win, $600 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $30 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry is $42, 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $15.

Gates open at 10:30 am with time trials at 1 pm. Visit www.SkyviewDrags.com for more info.

Wrap-Up: Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial at Cecil County Dragway
Rising Sun, MD - It was a great weekend for ATI racers at the NHRA Division 1 event at Cecil County Dragway. ATI Performance Products, Inc awarded $1,000 to the winners in Stock and Super Stock as part of the Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial and both winners were ATI equipped.

Bubba Linke took his '97 Camaro to the winner's circle in Stock Eliminator for the first time this season at Cecil County using a Super Damper, Treemaster Converter and Super F ATF. Bubba's engine builder, Joel Warren, took the top spot in Super Stock with a Super Damper, Treemaster Converter and Super F ATF as well! Long time ATI racer Iggie Boicesco added another win to his impressive season with a win in Super Gas. He now sits in first place in the NHRA Division 1 points.

ATI would like to thank the staff of Cecil County Dragway and NHRA Division 1 for their help in making the 1st Annual Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial a success and hopes to return to take part in the event in 2016. ATI Performance Products is located a short drive from Cecil County Raceway in Baltimore, MD, and specializes in racing and high performance driveline and engine components. For more information about ATI, visit www.ATIRacing.com.

PRI News: Attendee Pre-Registration Brochure Now Available Online
Get ready for the three biggest business days in racing, as this year's PRI Trade Show features displays from more than 1200 leading race industry suppliers, including over 100 first-time exhibitors, as well as all-new events, traditional favorites and more. The Advanced Attendee Registration Brochure has the scoop on PRI 2015.
Big Dawgs Brawl at Atmore Dragway
Atmore, AL - Racers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi will converge upon Atmore Dragway on Sunday, September 6, 2015 for the Big Dawg Shootout.

4.30 Class pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $200 Quarters. Free entry for driver + two crew.

4.70 and 5.50 Classes each pay $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $100.

7.00 Class pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $100.

Eight car minimum for each class. No throttle stops. Door cars only in Index classes. Any power adders, turbos, nitrous, blowers are permitted. Gates open at noon, qualifying at 5 pm. Visit www.AtmoreDragway.com for more info.

Run What You Brung... at The River
Holland, TX – Saturday August 29 is the Run What You Brung Shootout at Little River Dragway.

Index classes include 5.80 Index ($75 entry), 6.20 Index ($50 Entry) and 7.00 Index ($40 entry). Other heads-up, 1/8 mile, Pro tree racing includes Dragsters ($150 Entry, $2,500 purse), True 10.5 and Trucks (separate classes. Entry is $100, purse is $1,500) and Door Slammers (entry $100, purse TBD).

Gates open at 2 pm. Staging lanes open at 6 pm. Visit www.LittleRiverDragway.com for more info.

World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova Int’l Raceway
Cordova, IL - Cordova International Raceway has a huge event coming up Friday – Sunday, August 28 – 30, 2015. It’s the 62nd Annual World Series of Drag Racing, and it features racing in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Top ET, Mod ET, Super ET and True Street. There’ll also be High Roller races on Friday and Saturday.

Top Sportsman and Top Dragster are separate eliminators. Each pays $600 Win and $150 Runner-Up. The winner of each will face off in the TS vs TD Run-Off for another $500 to the winner. Entry is $100.

Sunday’s Sportsman purses are: Top ET (0.00-11.49) pays $3,000 Win, $1,250 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters and $150 Eighths. Entry is $120. Mod ET (0.00 – 13.99) pays $2,000 Win, $800 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $150 Semis and $100 Eighths. Entry is $85. Super ET (11.50 – 13.99) pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Entry is $75. True Street ($13.50 – slower) pays $500 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters and $25 Eighths. Entry is $70.

Friday’s High-Roller pays $1,500 Win and $700 Runner-Up. Entry is $80. Saturday’s High-Roller pays $2,000 Win and $1,000 Runner-Up. Entry is $95.

Gates open 8:00 am Friday, 7:00 am on Saturday and 8:30 am on Sunday. Visit www.RaceCIR.com for more info.

Lorish Makes It Two Weeks In A Row In Super Pro at Maple Grove Raceway
MOHNTON, Pa. - Scott Lorish has won the Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro class in the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway on Sunday, August 2 and again on Saturday, August 8.

Lorish (Center Valley, Pa.) won in convincing fashion on Saturday in the final elimination, driving to a 7.628 ET at 171.49 mph with a .005 reaction time. That was enough to beat Lanny Werley (Leesport, Pa.) who posted an ET of 8.697 at 154.09 mph, .016 reaction time.

Over in the Ciccarone Racing Products Pro class, Denny Renninger (Leesport, Pa.) came out the winner with a 12.826 ET at 107.15 mph, .006 reaction time. His competition in the final, Rich Pennington (Buito, Pa.) made his pass at 9.518, 137.82 mph and a .043 reaction time.

The P.C. Richard & Son Street Eliminator class saw Dave Raser (Oxford, Pa.) take the finals win, posting a 13.382 ET at 93.84 and a .052 reaction time. This was a double break out win, as both he and his competitor, John Grater (Zieglerville, Pa.) were under their dial-ins. Grater ran a 11.569 at 118.45 mph with a .110 reaction time.

Cory Stuebner (Orwigsburg, Pa.) came out on top of the Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike class, posting a .042 reaction time with a 8.950 ET at 143.00. It was good enough to beat Chris Olejar in the final eliminiation. Olejar (Conshohocken, Pa.) rode to a 9.923 ET at 135.91 mph, .078 reaction time.

Ian Bechtel (Reading, Pa.) came out the victor in Junior Street, posting an ET of 11.273 at 63.45 mph with a .056 reaction time. He beat out Robert Weidenhammer, also of Reading, Pa., who ran an 10.432 ET at 66.66 mph, with a .256 reaction time.

Trophy class saw Jeremy Weaver (Hanover, Pa.) take home first place, as he piloted his 2011 XTerra to a 16.017 ET at 81.52 mph, with a .071 reaction time. His competitor in the final, Shannon Cain of West Chester, Pa. drove her Infiniti to an ET of 14.326 at 97.96 mph, .146 reaction time.

Don Garloff of Lititz, Pa. was able to win another final elimination in Pro Dial, just like he did the previous week. Garloff did it by posting a 10.611 ET at 124.16 mph with a .034 reaction time. He beat Tim Ash of Spring City, Pa. Ash posted a 13.684 ET at 102.47 mph with a .006 reaction time.

Joining the festivities for Saturday was the East Coast Stock/Superstock series. George Yago (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came out the victor in this class by posting a 9.871 at 134.77 mph with a .040 reaction time. His challenger in the finals, Michael Preston of Bear, De., broke out with a 9.679 ET on a 9.72 dial in. Preston ran 136.18 mph with a .076 reaction time.
Labor Day Special at I-64 Motorplex
Owingsville, KY – I-64 Motorplex has three days of bracket racing coming up on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday – Monday, September 5 – 7, 2015. Classes are Top ET, No Box, Sportsman, Jr. Dragster and 16-Car Shootout. Each class has eliminators on all three days.

Top ET pays $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $75 Quarters, based on 45 cars. Entry is $70, buybacks are $35. No Box pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $60 Quarters, based on 30 cars. Entry is $50, buybacks are $25. Sportsman pays $50 + trophy Win, $20 + trophy Runner-Up and $35 Semis. Entry is $25, buybacks are $15. Jr. Dragster pays $50 + trophy Win and $20 + trophy Runner-Up. Entry is free with paid Adult Pass, buybacks are $10. The 16-Car Shootout pays $1,000 Win and $200 Runner-Up. Entry is $80.

Gates open Friday at 4 pm for parking. Gates open Saturday at 12 noon with time trials at 2 pm. Gates open Sunday and Monday at 10 am with time trials at 12 noon. Visit www.I64Motorplex.com for more info.

New England Hot Rod Reunion at New England Dragway
Epping, NH - The 2015 New England Hot Rod Reunion® is coming up at New England Dragway on Friday – Sunday, August 28 – 30. In addition to the nostalgia rails, funny cars and altereds, Sportsman classes include:

7.0 Pro Eliminator and 7.50 Eliminator. These are all run fields with heads up competition for front engine dragsters, center steer altereds, ’79 and older funny cars and full bodied door cars. .400 Pro Tree.

Competition Eliminator. An all run field for front engine dragsters, altereds, ’79 and older funny cars and left steer street roadsters. Five Indexes, between 8.00 and 10.00 seconds. Handicap starts, .400 ProTree.

Gas Eliminator. For all 1979 and older bodied door cars. Must have two functional doors. Handicap Starts - .400 Pro Tree.

Modified Eliminator. For all ’79 and older bodied cars and left hand steer street roadsters. Six Indexes between 10.00 and 12.50 seconds on handicap full tree.

Top Stock Eliminator. For ’72 and older stock bodied cars with any drive train. Factory type spoilers and hood scoops allowed. Full glass windows, factory type interiors, and bumpers required. No tire limits, but must fit within wheel wells. Suspension component not limited.

Hot Rod Eliminator. A composite bracket category for all 1986 and older cars that cannot fit within the other NHRR Classes. Minimum 8.50 seconds to maximum 13.99 seconds. All run field with handicaps based on individual best qualifying times –dial-ins cannot be changed during eliminations. 13.99 minimum elapsed time required to qualify.

For more information about the New England Hot Rod Reunion, visit www.nhramuseum.org. For more information about New England Dragway, visit newenglanddragway.com.

Grudge Warz at Montgomery Raceway Park
Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Raceway Park presents Grudge Warz on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Classes include Small Tire 29 & smaller, Big Tire 29W & bigger, 6.0 Index, 7.0 Index and 8.0 Index.

Small Tire and Big Tire each has a $100 entry and the track adds $1,000 to the pot. 6.0 Index pays $1,200 Win; entry is $75. 7.0 Index pays $1,000 Win; entry is $50. 8.0 Index pays $300 Win; entry is free. No throttle stops in 6.0, 7.0 or 8.0 Index classes.

Gates open at 10 am with a test & tune at noon. Qualifying is 4 pm and eliminations start at 5 pm. Visit www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com for more info.

Throttle Fest presented by Fun Ford at Memphis Int’l Raceway
Millington, TN - Our Blue Oval racing friends in Tennessee should get to Memphis International Raceway on Friday-Saturday, August 28-29 for Throttle Fest presented by Fun Ford.

Bracket racing classes include Fast Ford Challenge (with electronics, payout is $800 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis. Entry is $40), Quick Ford Challenge (no electronics, $600 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis. Entry is $40), Street Ford (DOT tires and registration required, $250 Win, $100 Runner-Up. Entry is $35) and two trophy classes for $25 entry each: Tuff Truck and Mustang.

Gates open Friday at 7:30 pm with an open test & tune from 8 – midnight. Gates open Saturday at 8 am with time trials at noon. Visit www.RaceMIR.com for more info.

Mini Million at Piedmont Dragway August 21 & 22
Piedmont, NC - The Mini Million comes to Piedmont Dragway on Friday & Saturday, August 21 & 22, 2015.

The event features two $10Ks and a $20K. The $10Ks are Friday & Saturday; each pays $10,000 Win, $2,500 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $400 6th Round Win, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, and $100 3rd Round Win. Entry is $125 per race, 1st round buybacks are $100.

Saturday first race is the $20K that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $2,000 Semis, $650 6th Round Win, $500 5th Round Win, $350 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $250, 1st round buybacks are $150.

Gates open Friday at 9:00 am with time trials starting at noon. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am. Visit www.TheMillionOnline.com for more info.

Huntsville Dragway Bracket Series on August 29 & 30
The Huntsville Dragway Bracket Series continues on Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30, 2015 with big money races in Pro and Footbrake.

On Saturday and Sunday, Pro pays $10,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry for either day is $150, or a 2-day entry is $250.

On Saturday and Sunday, Footbrake pays $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Entry for either day is $60, or a 2-day entry is $100.

Gates open at 9 am Saturday and 8 am Sunday. Visit www.HuntsvilleDragway.us.

Glory Days Nostalgia Drags at Maple Grove Raceway on August 23
Mohnton, PA – The Glory Days Nostalgia Drags are coming up on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Maple Grove Raceway.

The featured drag racing portion of the nostalgia racing fest will include the 422 All-Stars (nostalgia Super Stocks), the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (MANDRA) and bracket racing.

Bracket classes include Nostalgia E.T. (non-electronics; no cars newer than 1990) that pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $75 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Entry in this eliminator is $50. The Geezers bracket is for drivers who are $55 & older. Payout is 4’ Trophy Win, 3’ Trophy Runner-Up and 2’ Trophy Semis. Entry is $20. Pro Dial pays 50% of purse to Win, 25% of purse to Runner-Up and 12.5% of purse to Semis. Entry is $40, of which $25 goes to the purse.

Gates open at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:00 am and eliminations at 1:00 pm. For more information visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.

Wrap-Up: Luskville Dragway’s 34th Annual Bracket Bonanza

From our friend Mike Lacelle who attended Luskville Dragway’s 34th Annual Bracket Bonanza: "The bracket race that's called the richest in Canada was the best 3 days ever witnessed. The added paving done in the pit area by owner Arnie Malcolm prior to the event only made it that much better. With race cars and trailers parking on Wednesday and Thursday the race had competitors from 3 provinces from Canada and 3 US states. With almost $75,000 up for grabs divided among 3 days the action was incredible. Super Pro alone had 61 cars-43 were dragsters of the T/D and S/C class.

Luskville Super Pro Winners:

Super Pro, Friday: Denis Souliere over Frank Mark Sr. for $12,500 (top photo);

Super Pro, Saturday: Marco Laframboise over Frank Mark Jr. for $10,000 (photo above);

Super Pro, Sunday: Adam Bitzanis over Darren Frasso (photo above, upper right) for $10,000.

Luskville Semi Pro Winners:

Semi Pro, Friday: Rob Graveline for $2,000 (photo below);

Semi Pro, Saturday: Gord Harling for $2,000 (photo right);

Semi Pro, Sunday: Pat Kohl for $2,000 (photo above, lower right)

Rescheduled Summit SuperSeries Race at Palm Beach International
Attention racers of Palm Beach International Raceway, here's an announcement from PBIR: "After rain cancelled the first attempt at the IHRA Summit SuperSeries Race #11, August 22, 2015 will be the make up race. Classes competing during the race will include Top Eliminator sponsored by South Florida Choppers, Super Eliminator sponsored by Chassis Engineering, Quick 16 Dragster, Quick 16 Door Car, Street Bike, and Junior Dragster. This is the final race of the season and champions will be crowned. Track goes hot at 5 pm for time runs."

Top ET payout is Winner $1,000, Runner-Up $400, Semi $125 and Quarter $50. Entry is $50, buybacks are $25. Super Eliminator payout is Winner $800, Runner-Up $400, Semi $125 and Quarter $50. Entry is $40, buybacks are $20.

For more information visit www.RacePBIR.com.

Quick Series Shootout Finale August 28 & 29 at Cordova International Raceway
Cordova, IL - The 2015 Quick Series Shootout Series comes to a close the weekend of August 28 & 29 at Cordova International Raceway. Thie Quick Series Shootout qualifies the quickest 8 Top Sportsman and the quickest 8 Top Dragsters. Each class will vie for $600 Win and $150 Runner-Up. The winner of each will face each other in a shootout race that pays an additional $500. Entry is $100. Non-Qualifiers get entry back less Test n Tune fee.

The 2015 Quick Series Shootout Year-End Points Fund pays: 1st Place - $1,000 and a Dyno Day Session at West Racing Heads in Geneseo, IL; 2nd Place - $600; 3rd Place - $500; 4th Place - $400 and 5th Place - $300. For information, visit www.racecir.com.

Werner Doubles-Up on August 1 at Maple Grove Raceway
MOHNTON, Pa. - Paul Werner of Sinking Spring, Pa. sure does like to repeat himself, because he's making a habit out of visiting Maple Grove Raceway's Sunoco Race Fuels Victory Lane in 2015. Werner won in two classes on Saturday, August 1 during the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail No. 12, those being Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator and PC Richard and Son Street Eliminator.

Werner, running in his '80 Malibu, took the win in Pro over Tom Rock of Laureldale, Pa., after Rock's car broke before the final elimination round. And then in Street, Werner was able to get by Matthew Smith of Coatesville, Pa. when Smith fouled at the start of the final race.

In Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro, it was Gene Irvin (Flourtown, Pa.) capturing the win with a 9.285 on a 9.28 dial-in at 145.89 mph in his '69 Mustang, defeating John Seiverling (Bethel, Pa.), who ran his '71 Nova to a pass of 8.926 on a 8.91 dial in at 151.26 mph.

Kyle Gockley of Mohnton, Pa. rode his '03 Suzuki to a Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike win. Gockley ran 8.874 seconds on a 8.90 dial-in at 156.03 mph in the final, while his competition Danny Boyer (York, Pa.) ran 9.360 seconds on a 9.39 dial in at 137.96 mph on his '72 Kawasaki.

In UTI Junior Dragsters it was CJ Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa. driving to the final elimination win over Kelsey Brinkman of Boyertown, Pa. Ketterer posted a final run of 7.909 on a 7.90 dial in at 81.19 mph which was enough to beat Brinkman's 8.921 on a 8.90 dial in, running 73.60 mph.

Junior Street saw a battle of brothers in the finals, as Luke Karol beat his older brother Jake Karol. Luke ran his '08 Jeep Wrangler to a 11.665 ET on a 11.60 dial in with a .014 reaction time, which was enough to beat Jake's 9.199 on a 9.12 dial in, .086 reaction time.

Trophy class saw a strong lineup on Saturday, with the win going to Charles Augustine of Kutztown, Pa. Augustin, in his '13 Challenger, took the win over Jeremy Weaver of Hanover, Pa. Augustine ran a final pass of 12.688 on a dial-in of 12.68 at 109.97 mph, while Weaver posted a 15.846 ET on a 15.86 dial in, going 86.08 mph.
Footbrake Frenzy at Elk Creek Dragway
Elk Creek, VA - Listen up all you no-box / no-brake racers in the mid-Atlantic area: Elk Creek Dragway has an event for you on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at their Footbrake Frenzy.

The payout is $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $20 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Payouts based on 60 cars. Entry is $60, buybacks are $30. Double-entries permitted, deep staging honored, no center-steer cars.

In addition to the Footbrake Frenzy, it’s a regular bracket points day for Super Pro, DOT, Jrs. and Motorcycles. Gates open at noon, time runs are at 2:00 pm and eliminations start at 6:00 pm. Visit www.ElkCreekDragway.com for more information.

NHRA Officials Announce Electronic Fuel Injection System Rules And Requirements
GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2015) – NHRA announced today the rules and requirements for the 2016 Pro Stock category in their transition to electronic fuel injection (EFI).

The sanctioning body has named Holley as the sole provider of the components of the electronic fuel injection system. The complete rules and requirements are available from www.nhraracer.com for download.

The changes in the category will make the engines more relevant from a technology standpoint. In order to reduce and control costs for the race teams, an NHRA-controlled 10,500 Rev Limiter will be added to the fuel injection systems.

The change to EFI in the factory hot-rod category is among several changes to the category. NHRA required teams to back their racecars into the pits and leave engines uncovered beginning at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. A rule was also created to discontinue the practice of crew members standing beside the cars to hold them in place as they begin their burnouts. It was also mandated for teams to create automobile manufacturer identification headers visible on the racecars’ windshields up to a maximum of 4.5-inches high, but not smaller than 2.125-inches.

Starting in 2016, NHRA also will require Pro Stock teams to remove all hood scoops and reduce the length of the wheelie bars to a length specified by the NHRA Tech Department.
SuperBucks in the Hills September 4 – 6, 2015 at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA - Numidia Dragway presents a big weekend of racing for big bucks gambler races. The 2015 edition of the track’s popular SuperBucks in the Hills is coming up Friday – Sunday, September 4 – 6, 2015. These GUARANTEED PAYOUT, ¼ mile races are for Electronics (6.50-11.99) and Footbrake (8.50-15.99).

Friday’s and Sunday’s Electronics races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150 3rd Round Win and $75 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150, and 1st Round buybacks are $90.

Friday’s and Sunday’s Footbrake races each pay $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting 2nd Round Win. Entry is $90, and 1st Round buybacks are $60.

Saturday has $5,000 races, one for for Dragsters and one for for Doorcars. Payouts are $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $150 3rd Round Win and $75 2nd Round Win. At the end, the Dragster winner races the Doorcar winner for an extra $2,500. It will be dragster vs. dragster and door car vs. door car to the ladder round, and within the Doorcar category footbrake will be separate until the ladder. Entry is $150, and 1st Round buybacks are $90.

Saturday night will be three High Roller races (Electronics Door Cars, Electronics Dragsters and Footbrake) that each pay $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $275 Semis. 1/8 mile, open to first 16 cars, $275 entry. Call Vinny to sign up: 570-351-5300.

Thursday is open all day for parking. Gates open Friday at 10:00 am with time trials starting at 11:00 am. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am with a single time trial at 10:00 am. For more information visit www.numidiadragway.com.

2015 Shakedown Shootout at Lebanon Valley
West Lebanon, NY - If you have a registered and inspected street car, bring it to Lebanon Valley Dragway on Friday, August 14th 2015 for the 3rd Annual Shakedown Shootout.

All cars must be registered and inspected, but mufflers are not required. VIN on car must match the registration. License plates may not be “transporter” or “dealer” plates. No towing to lanes or back to pits: all cars must be driven. There will be two classes, Big Tire and Small Tire. You get one time trial and then you race. Pairings are random and the race will be on a .400 Pro tree with no times displayed. The winners of each class will race each other in the final for $2,500 prize money. Entry is $100 for racers; spectators and crew are $5.

Gates open at 3:30 pm. Tech 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Time trials at 5:00 pm. First Round at 6:00 pm sharp. Visit www.dragway.com for more info.

Sponsor News: A Word from Performance Racing Industry

If you're planning on attending the 2015 Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, IN this December, here's a word about hotels from PRI itself: "Don't Get Taken For a Ride - Book Safely With PRI Housing. The PRI Trade Show unfortunately attracts an unscrupulous element in the form of rogue travel agencies. Among those on PRI's radar of late are HLS Global and Elite Expo. But others will almost certainly emerge. Exhibitors are instead urged to book their Indianapolis hotel reservations through the trusted PRI Housing."

$5K & $10K Colonial Classic at Virginia Motorsports Park
North Dinwiddie, VA - The 2nd Annual Colonial Classic is coming up at Virginia Motorsports Park on Friday-Sunday August 14-16, 2015. Each day includes 1/8-mile big money gambler races for Footbrake and Top ET.

Friday’s and Sunday’s Footbrake and Top ET races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Entry per race is $100; buybacks are $60.

Saturday’s main event races for Footbrake and Top ET each pay $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round win. Entry is $150, buybacks are $80.

A three-day weekend entry is also available for $290. Double entries permitted. Gates open for parking on Thursday night and stay open through Friday (time trials start at 8:30 am Friday). Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am; gates open Sunday at 9:00 am.

For more information visit www.VirginiaMotorsports.com.

Rocket City Nationals at Huntsville Dragway
Harvest, AL - Racers in the vicinity of Huntsville Dragway should mark Friday & Saturday, August 14 & 15 on their calendars for the Rocket City Nationals. Quick 8, X275, 4.70, 6.00 & 7.00 and Jr. Dragster.

Quick 8 pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $500 Eighths. X275, 4.70 and 6.00 & 7.00 each pay $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $120 Semis. Entry is $120. Jr. Dragster pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $50.

Gates open 9:00 am on Friday and 8:00 am Saturday. For more info visit HuntsvilleDragway.us for more info.

Outlaw Saturday Night at Palm Beach International on August 22
Jupiter, FL - Outlaw Saturday Night is coming up Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Palm Beach International Raceway. This is an Open Test & Tune where no times are displayed on the scoreboards. Racer entry is $20; time slips are available for $1 each. Gates open at 6:00 pm, test & tune starts at 6:30 am. All vehicles must adhere to IHRA safety rules; IHRA rules can be found HERE.

For more information about Palm Beach International, visit www.RacePBIR.com,

Wrap-Up: NHRA Division 4 National Open

Results from the first NHRA National Open in close to 20 years in Division 4, held recently at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.

Quick 32 Run Off Final (Quick Open Vs Quick Door)
WIN: Mike Crader, Bedford TX, 2007 Monden RED (.030 light, 4.69 dial, 4.702 @ 145.20)
R/U: Riley Howard, Pilot Point TX, 1978 Chevy (.038 light, 5.65 dial, 5.648 @ 120.94)

Quick Open Wheel Final
WIN: Mike Crader (.013 light, 4.69 dial, 4.708 @ 145.96)
R/U: Thomas Marlow, Mesquite TX (.025 light, 4.75 dial, 4.770 @ 145.11)

 

Quick Door Slammer Final
WIN: Riley Howard (.005 light, 5.62 dial, 5.646 @ 119.94)
R/U: Chad Hankins, Winsboro TX, '74 Vega (-.007 foul, 5.80 dial, 5.813 @ 118.99)

 

 

 

 

Super Index Finals
WIN: Chase Huffman (Super Comp), Burleson TX, '04 Mullis (.005 light, 5.70 index, 5.716 @ 119.36)
R/U: Mark McCall (Super Street), Arlington TX, 81 Pontiac (.034 light, 6.90 index, 6.890 @ 113.08)

 

 

 

Stock\Super Stock Combo
WIN: Jacob Pitt, Mansfield TX, '69 C/SA Plymouth (.014 light, 6.62 dial, 6.634 @ 98.37)
R/U: Todd Erwin, Kennedale TX, '98 A/SA Firebird (.030 light, 6.73 dial, 6.731 @ 98.78)

Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags at Lebanon Valley Dragway
The 2015 Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags will be held Saturday & Sunday August 15 & 16, 2015 at Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, NY.

Since the first single-day event in 2009 at Island Dragway, the Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags has grown to include a rod & custom show on Sunday, and various nostalgia drag racing groups holding their points races the same weekend. Returning this year will be the North East Timing Organization (NETO), the Northeast Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (NENDRA) and the East Coast Gassers. But the main element is the original Dover racers that fill out the “Dover Eliminator” competition on Sunday. As in previous years there will be Nostalgia Funny Cars in action; this year will see the first 8-Car Shoot-Out. Also new for this year is the introduction of Drag Alley, a nostalgia race car display with legendary racers from all over the northeast. The “Dover Originals” display will feature actual cars that ran at Dover, and scheduled to be exhibited is the famous “Blown Hearse restoration project of Billy Coleman. Coming in all the way from Michigan will be the debut of the restored Bobby Lagana “Chevamoco” altered wheelbase Falcon A/FX.

The weekend starts on Friday as early arrivals find a pit spot. Saturday’s schedule includes test & tune, two gambler’s races and points race eliminations for the attending groups. Sunday includes more group points races, funny cars and Dover eliminations, culminating in the King of the Hill race of Eliminator winners.

To keep up with updates and event news, visit the forum at www.doverdragstrip.com and follow the Dover Drag Strip Facebook page. For Info, e-mail Dino Lawrence at dino@doverdragstrip.com. For Lebanon Valley Dragway info, directions or lodging see their website at www.dragway.com.

Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial Race at Cecil County Dragway

Baltimore, MD — ATI Performance Products, Inc. announces the inaugural “Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial Race” to honor its founder, James Beattie, Sr.

Jim was an avid race fan, inventor and mechanical genius. After proudly serving in the US Navy, Jim opened a modest general transmission rebuilding business which has grown into one of the most dominant high performance manufacturers in the industry. Because of Jim’s passion and drive and innovative knowledge, ATI now produces some of the finest race transmissions, torque converters and high performance components used by racers all over the world. Jim was well loved by family and friends and was well known in the racing world. He will be missed by so many, but his legacy of using cutting edge technology to produce state-of-the-art products for racers lives on with the family business.

The “Jim Beattie Stock / Super Stock Memorial Race” will be held during the NHRA Division 1 LODRS event at Cecil County Dragway on August 14 - 16, 2015. Open to racers in the Stock and Super Stock classes, ATI Performance Products will award $1000 to the Winner or Highest Finisher with an automatic transmission package in each class. The award is not contingent on use of ATI product but racers must display the Jim Beattie Memorial Decal throughout the entire event and all other contingency requirements will apply.

For more information, visit ATI’s website www.atiracing.com.

Dashing Through the Dough…at Cordova International Raceway

Cordova International Raceway presents its August Dash for the Dough on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

The day’s big race is the High Roller Race which pays $2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 6th Round Win, $300 5th Round Win, $200 4th Round Win, $100 3rd Round Win and $50 2nd Round Win. This race will be Box vs. Box / No Box vs. No Box until the final, which will be Box vs. No Box. Entry is $90; 1st Round buybacks are $45. No ET breaks.

New for 2015 is the CIR Footbrake Race. This is an ALL RUN (no ET Break) race open to anyone who wants to go footbrake racing. Deep staging honored, no dragsters or motorcycles (left-hand steer roadsters permitted). Air/Electric shifters permitted, no transbrake buttons on the steering wheel and no staging line enhancers (transbrakes, 2 steps, etc).
Payout is $750 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 5th Rd Win, $100 4th Rd Win, $75 3rd Rd Win and $40 2nd Rd Win. Entry is $50, 1st Round buybacks are $25. Payouts based on 50 car minimum or prorated payout to 80%.

Gates open at noon with time trials at 1 pm. Visit www.RaceCIR.com for more info.

ET Bracket Racing at Gulfport Dragway
Gulfport, MS – Attention in the Gulfport Dragway pits! August 8, 2015 is the next chance for Gulfport’s bracket racers to gain points for the 2015 season in the Summit SuperSeries and for non-points racers to get in there and try to mess up the points racers’ chances!

These 1/8-mile races in Pro Electronics and Pro Footbrake each pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40 and buybacks are $20. Jr. Dragster pays $150 Win, $60 Runner-Up and $40 Semis. Entry is $20 and buybacks are $10.

Gates open Saturday at 11:00 am. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com.

Afterdark Underground Grudge Racing at Maryland International Raceway
Mechanicsville, MD - There’s lots of action coming up on Saturday, August 8 at Maryland International Raceway. It’s the Afterdark Underground, with grudge racing, Pro Mods, Top Sportsman and Small Block Shootout.

The Last Mod Standing is for door cards (no screw blowers allowed). 8 car minimum with a $3,500 payout. The Top Sportsman Shootout is for 5.99 and quicker; payout is $2,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up and $500 Semis, based on 45 car minimum. Both the Last Mod Standing and the Top Sportsman Shootout are with the clocks on.

If you have a thing against clocks and you own a small-block, then the No Clock Small Block Shootout is for you. No class cars, nitrous only, stock front suspension, any rear suspension, 28S or 275 only, and no bars!

Gates open at 1 pm. For more info including racer entry fees, contact Maryland International Raceway at www.RaceMDIR.com.

Wrap-Up: East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association at Atco Dragway

Final results from Saturday, 7/25/2015: WIN: Lee Zane, 1969 Camaro H/SA (11.29 dial, .025 light, 11.303 @ 113.34). RUNNER-UP: Dave Thomas, 20 11 Challenger FSS/F (9.27 dial, .082 light, 9.218 @ 146.64). SEMI: Lincoln Morehead, 1984 Camaro.

Final results from Sunday, 7/26/2015: WIN: Steve Calabro (pictured above), 1969 Camaro A/SA (10.14 dial, .040 light, 10.138 @ 131.06. RUNNER-UP: Robert Panza (pictured right), 1998 Grand Am GT/EA (9.75 dial, -.008 red, 9.828 @ 136.44. SEMI: Jimmy Daniels, 1984 Camaro GT/HA.

Wrap-Up: Maduri Sr. and Elekes Win TNT Super Series at Cayuga Dragway
CAYUGA, ONTARIO (July 29, 2015) - Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park hosted races 6 & 7 in the 2015 Joe’s Transmission TNT 10.90 Super Series with Pete Maduri Sr. picking up his first TNTSS event win and Bill Elekes getting his third.

 

Saturday July 25 – Results
After qualifying number one with a 10.901, Pete Maduri Sr. from Tonawanda, New York met up with Alex Lepp in round one and advanced when Lepp went .001 red. Then it was Wayne Sipos falling in round two. David Surmatchewski was next to go, also with a .001 red light – Maduri was ready though as he was .005. A bye run in the semis set him up to face current TNTSS points leader and 2009 series champion Paul Young in the final. When the tree lit up, Maduri got away clean with an .037 but Young had it on kill… going .003 red, handing Maduri his first win in TNTSS competition and lifetime eligibility for the REVS Full Throttle Powersports TNTSS RACE OF CHAMPIONS.

Sunday July 26 - Results
Bill Elekes out of West Seneca, New York started his march through the field from the 8th qualifying position after posting a 10.918. From there he defeated Kevin Orr in round one with an .023 to .036 on the tree, pushing Orr under at the stripe. Then he was .020 to JJ Jablonski’s .031, pushing him under using a 10.915 to a 10.890. Round three saw him drill the tree with a .008 to Alex Lepp’s .018, again using the starting line advantage to push Lepp under the index at the top end. A bye run in the semis set him up to face Mark Herbold in the money round. Elekes .007 to Herbold .033. At the stripe with both drivers on the good side of the index, Elekes lit the final beacon of the weekend by an ever so slight margin of 0.0008 seconds, earning his third TNTSS event win.

Wrap-Up: Staub, Pierson Become First-Time MA90A Winners at Atco Dragway

Atco Dragway - Atco, NJ - The Mid Atlantic .90 Association concluded Race # 5 & 6 of its 2015 season at Atco Dragway over the weekend of July 25-26, 2015. Continued HERE.

4-Day Super Bucks at Atco Dragway
There’s a huge weekend of big money bracket racing coming up at Atco Dragway on Thursday – Sunday, August 6 – 9, 2015. The North East Super Bucks Weekend features $200,000 in payouts. Races will be 1,000 feet.

Thursday’s and Saturday’s P.M. races each pay $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $500 7th Round loser, $400 6th Round loser, $300 5th Round loser, and $200 4th Round loser. Entry is $200; buybacks are $125.

Friday’s, Saturday’s A.M. and Sunday’s races each pay $25,000 Win, $8,000 Runner-Up, $4,000 Semis, $1,000 7th Round loser, $600 6th Round loser, $450 5th Round loser, and $300 4th Round loser. Entry per race is $300. Enter all three $25Ks for $775. Enter all five races for $1,100. Buybacks are $220.

Gates open 8:00 am each day. Visit www.Atco-Dragway.com.

NHRA News: 2015 National Performer Award Class Point Standings

From www.NHRARacer.com: 2015 National Performer Award Class Points in SSA, SS, SA and S classes as of July 31st, 2015.

Last Man Standing Pro Mod Shootout at US 19 Dragway

Albany, GA - To our Pro Mod racing friends in the Southeast, US 19 Dragway’s Last Man Standing Pro Mod Shootout is coming up Friday & Saturday, August 14 & 15, 2015.

Friday night there’s a test & tune and Outlaw Street Car Shootout. Saturday’s classes include Heavy Weights on 28s/29s (any engine combo, single power adder, pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $250 Semis. 10 car minimum. Entry $100); Light Weights on 28s (small block, single carb, nitrous only, pays $1,200 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis. 10 car minimum. Entry $100); and E.T. Bike Shootout (pays $500 Win, $250 Runner-Up. 10 bike minimum. Entry $50).

Gates open Friday at 5 pm. Gates open Saturday at noon. Visit www.us19-dragway.com for more info.

Big Changes Coming to NHRA Pro Stock
From www.NHRA.com - NHRA has announced a series of changes for the Pro Stock category designed to increase spectator appeal, make the class more relevant from a technology standpoint, and to enhance the overall pit experience for fans of the 200-mph factory hot rod class. The changes will be mandated in two waves. Three changes will take effect at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 31, 2015, while several others will not take effect until the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The three changes that are effective at Sonoma are designed to increase spectator appeal and enhance the overall pit experience for fans.

NHRA will require teams to back their racecars into the pits and leave engines uncovered so that spectators have better accessibility to see the racecars and interact with the drivers and crew members. A new rule also will discontinue the practice of crew members standing beside the cars to hold them in place as they begin their burnouts. Finally, NHRA will make it mandatory for teams to create automobile manufacturer identification headers visible on the racecars’ windshields up to a maximum of 4.5-inches high, but not smaller than 4.25-inches.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2016, NHRA will require all Pro Stock teams to equip their cars with electronically-controlled throttle body fuel injection systems, making engines more relevant from a technology standpoint. In order to reduce and control costs for the race teams, an NHRA-controlled 10,500 Rev Limiter will be added to the fuel injection systems.

NHRA also will require Pro Stock teams to remove all hood scoops and reduce the length of the wheelie bars to a length specified by the NHRA Tech Department. Those changes are designed to make the racecar designs more relevant and to boost spectator appeal by increasing the unpredictability of the class through more “wheels up” launches from the starting line.

In addition, NHRA will work with new television partner FOX Sports to improve coverage and maximize exposure of the Pro Stock category through increased driver and team profiles and technical features, in addition to expanded on-track racing coverage.

“Pro Stock racing has a tremendous history with NHRA and proves each weekend by the close side-by-side finishes that it is one of the most competitive forms of racing in all of motorsports,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “Through these changes we hope to provide a platform so the Pro Stock class can evolve from a technological standpoint, yet reconnect with its roots by generating more interest and appeal among spectators.” (photo: The Dragtime News)

2015 NHRA Div. 1 Jr. Dragster Championships at Numidia Dragway

Numidia, PA - The Northeast Jr. Drag Racing Championships are coming up August 5th – 9th, 2015 at Numidia Dragway and as always Numidia Dragway is making sure to give the participants plenty of opportunities to win by having a number of gambler’s and high-roller’s races.

Wednesday August 5th features a gambler’s race; gates open at 10:00 am with time runs at noon. Thursday August 6th also features a gambler’s race, with time trials a 11:00 am. There’ll also be a shuttle to local area attraction Knoebels. Friday August 7th features time runs at 9:00 am, the Race Of Champions at 4:00 pm, the Numidia barbecue at 6:00 pm and a gambler’s race at 7:00 pm (time permitting). Saturday August 8th includes a single time session at 8:30 am followed by eliminations at 12 noon. If 1st Round doesn’t go your way, you can join the consolation race. Stick around for Sunday, August 9th for the High-Roller’s Race.

Entry fees for the Divisional is $60; entry fees for the gambler’s races are $30 per race; a $20 1st Round buyback is available. Entry fee for the High Roller’s race is $50, and there’s a $20 1st Round buyback.

Visit www.NumidiaDragway.com for more info.

Little River Dragway’s Day of the Drags
Holland, TX - To our friends in the Lone Star state, if you race a 1963 or older car bring it to Little River Dragway for the 14th Annual Day of the Drag Race on Friday & Saturday, July 31st & August 1st, 2015.

Cars must be American-made, 1963 and older to qualify to race on Friday night and all day Saturday (that’s pretty hard-core when my ’64 Dodge wouldn’t make the cut). All races are in the 1/8th mile. Dial-ins will be set by your fastest pass during time trials, no sandbagging and brakes at the top end.

Your racing class is determined by the time you are running on the track during time trials. Leisure Class (LC) is10 secs and slower. Street Class (ST) is for 8 - 9.99 secs. Comp Class (CC) is 6.51 - 7.99 secs. Super Comp Class (SC) is 6.50 and faster. Vintage Engine Class (VE) is for cars that have engines designed before 1954. A mix of Flatheads, Inline 6/8's, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Dodge/Desoto/Chrysler wedge and Hemis and Y Block Fords.

Racer entry on Friday is $10. Racer entry on Saturday is $20, and a $10 buyback will available to first-round losers. Gates open at 3:00 pm on Friday with time runs from 6 pm to 10 pm. Gates open at 9 am on Saturday, with time runs at 10 am and eliminations at 2 pm. There’ll also be exhibition runs by dragsters, gassers and altereds throughout the day.

For more information visit www.littleriverdragway.com.

Mega Mopar Action Series at Memphis International Raceway
Millington, TN – Bring your Pentastar car to Memphis International Raceway on Friday & Saturday, July 31 & August 1, 2015 for the Mega Mopar Action Series. Includes a car show, swap meet, a pro show, a midway, and of course lots of Mopar drag racing.

Trophy race classes are Street Mopar, Tuff Truck, Hemi Challenge and Charger vs. Challenger. Entry is $25. Money bracket classes are Bracket 1 (with electronics, pays $800 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis. Entry is $50, 1st or 2nd round buybacks are $30) and Bracket 2 (no electronics, pays $600 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis. Entry is $40, 1st or 2nd round buybacks are $20).

Gates open Friday at 7:30 pm with a test & tune from 8 pm – midnight. Gates open Saturday at 8 am with time trials at noon and eliminations at 2:30. Visit www.RaceMIR.com for more info.

Luskville Dragway’s 2015 Bracket Bonanza
Racers, if you’ve ever been thinking of going for some racing in the Great White North, then get to Luskville Dragway’s 34th Annual Bracket Bonanza. It’s coming up Friday – Sunday, July 31 – August 2. 2015.

On Friday afternoon there’s a door car high roller race. Friday night there’s a $20K Big Dog Shootout. Saturday’s and Sunday’s Super Pro pays $10,000 to win each day; Saturday’s and Sunday’s Semi Pro pays $2,000 to win each day.

There'll also be jet cars, fireworks and a live band. For more information including gate times and entry fees please contact the track at www.LuskvilleDragway.com.

Teaser Photos from the 2015 Old Days Drags at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park

We spent the afternoon of Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the 36th Annual Old Time Drags & Rod Run / 13th Annual Funny Car Reunion at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ for an upcoming Dragtime News On Location segment. Join the email list to be alerted when it's published (sign-up at the upper-right of this page), but until then here are a few teasers!

Bracket Battles To Earn Championship Points Intensify at Palm Beach International
JUPITER, Fla. - When the IHRA Summit SuperSeries Bracket Racing Series returns from its summer vacation on Saturday, August 1 at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), drivers and teams will have the points championship and the postseason on the line. There are the fights for season championships as well as the cutoff for the IHRA Team Finals as drivers are jockeying for 40 positions available on the PBIR team.

The 2015 season in Top Eliminator (Box) has seen Bill Pollard (pictured) atop the championship standings since February. Pollard boasts only a 50 point lead over second place Randy Weber and 82 point lead over third place James Snyder. With the standings this close Pollard will have to hold off the competition to take home the championship.

In Super Eliminator (No Box) it’s Sonny Freeland with a commanding lead of 93 points over John Taylor in second and 124 points over third place Richard Mortell. Freeland has dominated the 2015 season from the very first race where he took victory and is now poised to win the championship.

In Street Bike there has been a good fight all year among the top four riders. Clarence Goins, Randy Mackail, Rodney Pimetal, and Tom Ivy have all seen several finals throughout the year putting together consistent races every time they unload. Tom Ivy leads this group by 94 points over second with his 2 wins, 2 runner ups, and several quarter final appearances this year.

The championship battle in Jr. Dragster is a very close one with only 14 points separating first and second place. Amanda Foley leads with 416 points, followed by Jennifer Craft at 402 points, and Kyle Philhower at 352 points. Foley and Craft have traded the championship lead several times throughout the year. Keep an eye on this battle as it should prove to be very exciting season finale for the up and coming stars of drag racing.

In the Quick 16 classes the competition is undoubtedly the closest out of all classes competing. In Quick 16 Door Car only 73 points separate the top 21 drivers. Steve Hatfield leads the way with 91 points, followed by David O'Bryon at 82 and David Friedenberg at 80. The battle in the Quick 16 Dragster tells almost the same story. Only 71 points separate the top 15 drivers. Johnny Tolisano leads the way with 101 points, followed by Claude Debonis with 82 points and Andrew Pearce at 71 points.

Gates on Saturday open at 3 p.m. with timed runs beginning at approximately 5 p.m. For more information regarding PBIR, please visit www.RacePBIR.com.

Through The Lens of Mike Lacelle: 2015 Syracuse Nationals Car Show

Dragtime News reader Mike Lacelle sent in a few photos from the 2015 Syracuse Nationals Car Show. Mike is a long-time hard-core racer. He writes, "My home track was Luskville Dragway years ago and I still visit at the big events there. I have raced two front engine dragsters in the 70s and 80s, one with a small block and the other with a big block. I was NHRA Division 1 licensed for C/ED and Super Comp and started racing at ESTA Dragway in Cicero, NY. After receiving a Nikon Certificate of Excellence for my photography I continue to bring my cameras whereever I go. My wife and I have been to most major NHRA events across the USA."

As you can see, there was an awful lot of history on display at the show and Kenny Youngblood from Fuel Coupe Magazine was even there signing autographs. Mike, thank you for being generous enough to share some of your images with us.

Vitez Takes Win at TNT Super Series at Lancaster, Moves Into 3rd Place

LANCASTER, NY - Jason Vitez from Elma, NY took the win on Friday, July 17 at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway in the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series.

Vitez drove Jon Jablonski's 1967 Chevrolet to 12th on the qualifying sheet heading into round one. There he made quick work of Sam LoVetro Jr and then Jerry Highway in round two. Round three saw Jeff Sobczynski miss the tree with a .561 to Vitez's .508 and then he just couldn't get there.

Next it was a bye to the final where he faced 2012 TNTSS Champion David Surmatchewski. Both drivers got away clean with only .015 separating them on the tree. At the big end it was Vitez running dead-on-4 and pushing Surmatchewski under with a 6.986.

The night was full of excitement as the Nova developed a misfire in the second qualifier. Said Vitez, “We thrashed to find the problem with the help of Kenny Joz, Dennis O'Brien and Zac of course and a lot of bystanders holding flash lights." Vitez said trying to get a handle on the car was a bit of problem with the small engine but they finally did. "We had some luck on our side tonight. Special thanks to my crew Zac and Dennis, Jon and Nicole and Joz. Also to Kimberly, Brooklyn and Logan for their good lucks as we ran out the door. And of course, the boys back at the shop"

NHRA Enters Long-Term Partnership with FOX Sports
Glendora, CA - NHRA and FOX Sports officials have jointly announced that starting in 2016 the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be televised by FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with four events airing on the FOX national broadcast network during each season of the long-term agreement, providing the world’s fastest motorsport with live coverage of a majority of its events.

FOX Sports, which is already the home to high-profile races in NASCAR, Monster Energy Supercross, the FIM MotoGP World Championship, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the fully electric FIA Formula E Championship, among others, will significantly expand on its annual motorsports coverage when it adds NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series programming to the lineup next season.

The agreement calls for FS1 to provide coverage of Friday and Saturday qualifying and Sunday eliminations for each NHRA Mello Yello Series event, with a minimum of 16 Sunday eliminations shows to be presented in a live coverage format, and the remainder shown either in weekend afternoon or primetime time slots. Four of those live elimination shows will air on the FOX national broadcast network.

“This really is a game-changer for NHRA regarding the presentation of our marquee product, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “FOX Sports promises to be just the right media partner we’ve been looking for to help give our professional series the stage it deserves and to provide our passionate fans the timely, quality coverage they are craving.”

The Sunday elimination shows will consistently be presented in three-hour programs and the Friday/Saturday qualifying shows will be two-hours of coverage. In addition, FS1 and FS2 will provide multiple re-airs for all of the events. FS1 also will provide coverage of select NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Sportsman Series events. In total, FOX national networks will feature more than 450 hours per year of NHRA programming.

The deal also includes NHRA racing on FOX Sports Racing in Canada and the Caribbean, as well as FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go, and now available in 70 million households. Customers of participating video providers may access the live stream of FOX Sports’ NHRA programming through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Fire Tablets and Fire Phones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, select Windows devices, and on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.

Hotels Are Filling Fast for 2015 Performance Racing Industry Show
Attention racers who are in the racing industry (engine builders, chassis builders, speed shops, etc) and are planning to attend The 2015 Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis in December: downtown Indianapolis hotels are filling up quickly but PRI has you covered, as they have arranged for complimentary shuttle service to and from the Indiana Convention Center with more than a dozen airport and Plainfield-area hotels, including the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport (pictured).

The Performance Racing Industry Show is critical to anyone in the performance industry. If you're in the business and have not yet attended, it is a must. Go to our Dragtime News On Location page and check out our coverage from past shows to see what you've been missing. Visit PRI Housing HERE and secure your accommodations today.

Old Time Drags and Rod Run Coming Up at Englishtown

Englishtown, NJ - Sunday, July 26, 2015 is the Old Time Drags and Rod Run at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, also including the Funny Car Reunion.

Racing includes the North East Timing Organization, The East Coast Gassers and a variety of bracket racing classes including Class A – 10.00-11.99, Class B – 12.00-12.99, Class C – 13.00-14.99, Class D – 15.00 and above and Class NC - New Competition Cars. Winners of Classes A-D compete in the King of the Hill Eliminator. No electronics, transbrakes or delay boxes allowed. No Raceway Park Buck Points Racers from past 5 years.

Class NC is for 1979 & older, any late style engines accepted. All bracketized racecars will run this eliminator-management discretion. Electronics ok – No Delay Boxes allowed. Anything goes.. 1 time trial. Does not run in the King of the Hill. Trophies to Winner and Runner-Up / No payout.

NETO: must be a member to compete in Nostalgia Eliminator (9.50 and slower, dial-your-own) or Comp Eliminator (7.00-9.50, Pro Tree, 1/4 second interval dial-in)

All cars will be NHRA inspected. Helmets required. Seat Belts required. Slicks and open exhaust allowed in all classes. Each individual will dial in their E.T. for the eliminator. Inspection will be liberal, but the following will be required: a) all roadsters will be inspected on an individual basis for safety. 13.49 and quicker need roll bar; b) all T-Buckets need roll bars. Coupes and sedans running 11.49 or quicker need roll bars; c) Safety Scatter Shields required in modified engines using stick shift trans.

Gates open at 8:00, time trials at 10:00 am. Visit www.racewaypark.com for more info.

Triple $5Ks Coming Up at Atmore Dragway
Atmore, AL - Our friends in the Southeast should put Atmore Dragway’s Triple $5Ks on their calendars for Friday – Saturday, July 31st – August 1st, 2015.

The $5Ks are for Super Pro (Top ET) cars. Each $5K pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Single day entry is $125; 1st Round buybacks are $50. Weekend entry is $250. All payouts based on 80 entries.

Hey, No Box racers: Atmore has you covered this weekend too, with three $2Ks. Each No Box race pays $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $200 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Single day entry is $60; 1st Round buybacks are $25. All payouts based on 40 entries.

All racing is 1/8th-mile. Double entries allowed. Deep staging honored. Cross-talk will be in use. Gates open Friday at 12:00 pm with time trials at 5:00 pm and eliminations following. Gates open at 7:00 am on Saturday, with time trials for Race 1 at 8:00 am and time trials for Race 2 after the conclusion of the first race.

For more information visit www.AtmoreDragway.com.

NHRA Stock / Super Stock News: 2015 Mid Year H.P. Adjustments Announced
Glendora, CA - The following Stock/Super Stock horsepower changes were released July 14, 2015 produced by the Automatic Horsepower Factoring System (AHFS). This is the first of two scheduled horsepower adjustments for this year. All changes are effective July 14, 2015. It should be noted that these changes include only results produced by the AHFS, and do not include written letters or requests. Those changes are listed separately.

The AHFS is a program based on actual run data compiled from all available runs at NHRA events. The data-based format provides the ability to calculate average performances for any class and/or engine combination in Stock and Super Stock. The trigger point for the system is 1.00-second or more under the respective index, and must be produced on two different occasions. Engine-combination averages and class averages are then computed and analyzed to determine if a change is warranted. The amount of change is calculated on a stepped percentage basis. Where applicable, adjustments will be effective for the specific car model or body style being evaluated. An automatic adjustment is instituted outside the two-time a year process when a 1.20 and under run is recorded during any NHRA event

Any comments, thoughts, or requests must be sent in writing to: National Hot Rod Association; Technical Department; attn: AHFS; P.O. Box 5555, Glendora, CA 91740; or e-mail at the contact form found at www.nhraracer.com/ahfs.asp.

IHRA Summit SuperSeries Winding Down at Palm Beach International Raceway
Jupiter, FL - The penultimate IHRA Summit SuperSeries race at Palm Beach International Raceway for the 2015 season is coming up on Saturday August 1, 2015. Classes during this race will include Top Eliminator, Super Eliminator, Quick 16 Dragster, Quick 16 Door Car, Street Bike, and Junior Dragster.

Top Eliminator (Box) pays Winner $1,000, Runner-Up $400, Semi $125 and Quarters $50. Entry $50, Buy Back $25. Super Eliminator (No Box) pays Winner $800, Runner-Up $400, Semi $125 and Quarters $50. Entry $40, Buy Back $20. Street Bike pays Winner 50%, Runner-Up 25%. Entry $30, Buy Back $15 Junior Dragster pays Winner $150, Runner-Up $100, Semi $25. Entry $20, Buy Back $10. Quick 16 Door Car and Quick 16 Dragster (two separate classes) each pays Winner $1,100, Runner Up $400, Semi $150. Entry $125. Complete 16-car field required for full payout.

Gates open at 3:00 pm, time trials at 5:00 pm. Visit www.RacePBIR.com for more information.

Wrap-Up: Mid Atlantic .90 Association at Cecil County Dragway, July 11-12, 2015
Cecil County Dragway - Rising Sun, Md (July 11th & 12th) - The Mid Atlantic .90 Association got back into gear after two months off with race # 3 & 4 of the 2015 season at Cecil County Dragway. On Saturday, Don Bangs (Super Comp), Earl Nichols Jr. (Super Gas) and Marty Ganjoin (Super Street) claimed victory. On Sunday Kevin Scholl (Super Comp), Iggie Boicesco (Super Gas) and Daryl Peters (Super Street) were the last ones standing. Continued here...
IDBL Bike Fest at Maryland International Raceway
Mechanicsville, MD - Attention to our two-wheeled racing friends in the mid-Atlantic: the 15th Annual IDBL Bike Fest is coming up Friday-Sunday, July 24 – 26 at Maryland International Raceway. Classes include Pro Street, Real Street, 4.60 Index, 5.60 Index, Crazy 8s, Top Sportsman, Pro ET and Street ET

Pro Street pays $3,000 Winner, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $150 Quarters and $100 Eighths. $200 Entry. Real Street and 4.60 Index each pays $2,000 Winner, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $100 Quarters and $50 Eighths. $150 Entry. 5.60 Index pays $1,000 Winner, $400 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters. $75 Entry. Crazy 8s pays $1,000 Winner, $300 Runner-Up, $50 Semis and $25 Quarters. $50 Entry. The entry fees for these classes include rider admission for Saturday and Sunday.

Top Sportsman pays $3,000 Winner, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis and $75 Quarters. Top Sportsman racers must purchase a 2-Day Pro E.T. Tech Card.

Pro ET pays $3,000 Winner, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $75 Quarters and $50 Eighths. $70 1-Day Entry Fee or buy a two day entry for $120. Street ET pays $1,000 Winner, $300 Runner-Up, $50 Semis and $25 Quarters. $50 1-day entry or buy a two day entry for $80.

All payouts are guaranteed. No memberships required but riders must have IDBL decals on both sides of the motorcycle to enter competition. Decals are $1 each and are available at every event in Race Control. Visit www.RaceMDIR.com for more info.

Midnight Madness at Auto Plus Raceway
Gainesville, FL - The next Midnight Madness at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, FL is set for Friday, July 31, 2015. Racers, this is open to all street AND race cars, trucks, motorcycles and features heads-up 1/4 mile drag racing on a fully prepped racing surface with state-of-the-art timing system. Pro / Full tree option; Sunoco Racing Fuel sold during event. New for 2015, Auto Plus Raceway will be awarding a "Best Appearing" award at every Midnight Madness event in 2015.

Gates open at 7:30 pm, racer entry is only $25. Visit www.AutoPlusRaceway.com.

Wrap-Up: ET Bracket Racing at Maple Grove Raceway, July 5, 2015

MOHNTON, Pa. - The Scott's Transmission Center Racer Appreciation Day was held Sunday, July 5 at Maple Grove Raceway, in conjunction with the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Series. The day featured increased, guaranteed purses for most classes.

Lanny Werley of Leesport, Pa. won the Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro over Don Mattson from Denver, Pa. Werley ran a final pass of 8.744 seconds on a 8.73 dial-in at 151.17 mph, compared to Daniels' pass of 7.666 on a 7.64 dial-in seconds, 163.67 mph. Werley took home $2,000 for his win.

The Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator was won by Rich Pennington of Buito, Pa., running a 9.524 on a 9.50 dial-in at 139.98 mph in his '68 Barracuda. Pennington won out over Dave Raser from Oxford, Pa., who ran a 13.349 on a 13.37 dial-in at 96.40 mph. Pennington drove away with $1,500 for his victory.

Taking the win in PC Richard Street was Kelli Witkowski of Elverson, Pa. driving her '86 S10, running a 11.636 on a 11.64 dial-in at 105.41 mph. Her competition in the final, Adam Werner of Reading red lit at the start in his '81 El Camino. Total payout for Witkowski was $500.

Wayne Smith of Chatham, Pa. took out Austin Youndt of Stevens, Pa. in the final of Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike. Smith raced to an 8.438 on a 8.4 dial-in at 154.74 mph while Youndt ran a 10.594 on a 10.59 dial-in at 123.42 mph. $500 was Smith's prize thanks to Scott's Transmission Center

UTI Junior Dragster saw highly competitive racing, and no one was more competitive than Kyle Robb of Denver, Pa. Robb took top honors as he drove his '06 KKC to a 7.919 on a 7.90 dial-in at 81.07 mph over Vincent Branca of Norristown, Pa. who ran red lighted at the start. Total payout for Robb was $300.

Lindsey Holzman-Haines of Robesonia, Pa. took the win in Trophy, with a winning run of 14.533 on a 14.59 dial-in at 95.09 mph. Holzman-Haines drove her '89 Mustang to the win over Zac Bugay and his '91 Mustang. Bugay red lighted at the start of the race giving Holzman-Haines the win.

The '00 Mustang of Hunter Zajac (Manheim, Pa.) made the visit to Sunoco Race Fuels Victory Lane in Junior Street. Zajac ran 9.933 on a 9.65 dial-in at 63.93 against Robert Weidenhammer (Reading, Pa.), who ran 10.976 on a 10.35 dial-in at 66.62 mph.

Erin Thimm of Mohnton, Pa. took the Pro Dial win over Bryan Kershner of New Tripoli, Pa. Thimm raced to a 10.269 ET on a 10.20 dial-in at 121.18 mph. It was enough to beat Kershner, who posted a 9.487 on a 9.09 dial-in, running at 150.03 mph.

The final class of the day saw Phil Williams take the win in the 11.50 Index. Williams, of Mohrsville, Pa., posted a 11.615 ET at 109.56. His competition in the final, Jennifer Kershner of New Tripoli, Pa. ran a 11.619 at 116.94.

Story by Rob Armbruster / MGR

Super 7 Series at Montgomery Raceway Park July 24th - 26th
Attention to our racing friends in Alabama: get ready for race #3 of the Super 7 Series at Montgomery Raceway Park. This three day event is Friday – Sunday, July 24th – 26th, 2015.

Super Pro races all three days. Friday’s payout is $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $250 Quarters and $25 Round starting 3rd Round Win. Entry for Friday is $150; buybacks are $50. Saturday and Sunday each pay $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters and $50 Round starting 3rd Round Win. Entry each day is $150; buybacks are $100. Enter all three races for $300. All payouts based on 100 car minimum.

Pro class races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $1,750 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $50 Quarters, based on 40 entries. Entry is $50 per day; buybacks are $30.

Jr. Dragster races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $500 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $25 Semis, based on 16 entries. Entry is $30 per day; buybacks are $20 1st or 2nd round.

A special event for Friday and Saturday is the Super Pro Million $ Shootout that pays the Winner an entry into the Million $ Race; the Runner-Up receives an entry into the Triple 20s at the Million.

Gates open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking only. Gates open Friday at 8:00 am, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com for more information.

Wrap-Up: 21st Annual Truck Mania at Maryland International Raceway

MECHANICSVILLE, MD – The 21st Annual Truck Mania event at Maryland International Raceway on Sunday June 28 featured six classes of competition along with as a huge truck show, vendor midway, kid’s big wheel races, burn out and daisy dukes contests and an appearance by the “Beast from the East” jet dragster making two passes. Rich Reddick from Coppersburg, PA captured the crown in the Great Mills Trading Post Outlaw Big Rig eliminations, topping the class in his ’97 9OOL Cat powered machine with a 13.507 ET in the final, taking out Lexington Park, MD native Bradley Owens. 13 rigs attempted to qualify for this eight vehicle field with $2,500 at stake for the winner.

In the Winegardner Auto Group Pro Street division, Nicholas Eklond of Belcamp, MD outlasted the field to take home a cool $2,500 in his ’06 Ram running a 10.50 in the last round of the day. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the class actually came in the early qualifications, when Mike Graves in his record setting vehicle went down with transmission issues and had to miss out on a chance at the crown. It was thought Graves might also hit the 8 second barrier on this day, but it wasn’t to be.

In other class action, Hunter Stone captured the Hollyrock Customz Diesel Shootout crown, Bud Cross walked away with Big Rig, Chris Kelican ran a 9.66 ET at 132.96 to win Race Truck, and Hunter Levin rounded out the winners taking the Tuff Truck title.

For more information about Maryland International Raceway, visit www.racemdir.com.

Story and photos by Rick Lindner / MDIR

Wrap-Up: American DRAGCAR at Southwest International Raceway, June 20, 2015
American DRAGCAR made its way back to Tucson to continue the Season IV Micro Import Specialists Southwestern Championship Series schedule at Southwestern International Raceway with Race #3 on Saturday June 20th and the excitement just picked up right where it left off in March. The weather this time was downright hot as racers were rolled out of their boxes, and even as the Sun had set, temps were still holding quite near the century mark, but the racers were still ready to do battle.

Surprisingly, even with a number of racers being absent for numerous reasons including the weather simply being too hot, DragSport Eliminator still had a first round ladder equaling the size of the previous 2 races of the season so far thanks to some new members and racers entering into the series competition. Continued here...

Sponsor News: New Fire Blanket from Stroud Safety (CORRECTED)
In a previous press release for the Stroud Safety Fire Blanket, it was stated that the blanket was 5 square feet. It is actually 25 square feet, 5 feet on each side. 

Stroud Safety has been supplying competitive drivers with Drag Chutes and Launchers, Seat Belts, Window Nets, Ballistic Blankets and Diapers, Fire Suits, Fire Suppression Kits, and more for over 26 years.

Call 800-554-4648 and check out all of the fine Stroud Safety products at www.stroudsafety.com.

NHRA News: Competition Numbers
An announcement from NHRA via www.nhraracer.com:

"The (NHRA) Technical Department has recently received several complaints from fans concerning their inability to read the competition numbers of their favorite drivers. These complaints are not just directed at professional categories but also all sportsman categories. Some of the complaints have been that racer’s competition numbers are not as large as the rulebook requires, that the number fonts used are not easily legible and that the colors used are not truly contrasting (e.g. gray on black).

Per the 2015 NHRA Rulebook: All contestants are required to display a permanent driver number at all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional events, divisional NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals, and divisional National Open events. Driver numbers and class designation letters must be displayed on both side windows and the windshield. Numbers on side windows must be a minimum 6 inches high and 1 ½ inches wide. Class designation letters must be a minimum 3 inches high and 1 inch wide. Numbers and class designation on windshield must be a minimum of 3 inches high and 1 inch wide. Driver’s competition number and class designation must be displayed in a legible manner in a contrasting color to the vehicle’s background color, or light color on windows, in a prominent position, and be clearly visible to the tower personnel. Class and numbers must be in the form of permanent decals or paint. The use of shoe polish in any form is prohibited. Please make every effort you can to adhere to this rule. You all have fans and they want to be able to easily identify you."

Outlaw Saturday Night at Palm Beach International Raceway
Jupiter, FL - Outlaw Saturday Night is coming up Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at Palm Beach International Raceway. This is an Open Test & Tune where no times are displayed on the scoreboards. Racer entry is $20; time slips are available for $1 each. Gates open at 6:00 pm, test & tune starts at 6:30 am. All vehicles must adhere to IHRA safety rules; IHRA rules can be found HERE.

For more information about Palm Beach International, visit www.RacePBIR.com,

Michigan Mopars At Milan Dragway

Milan, MI - Milan Dragway welcomes all Mopar racers to Michigan Mopar on Saturday, July 25th, 2015. With four classes of bracket racing, there’s something for every Mopar racer. Box and No Box each pay $1,500 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters (all based on 40 cars). Entry is $50, 1st Round buybacks are $20. Sportsman and Nostalgia each pays $400 Win, $100 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $25 Quarters (all based on 15 cars). Entry is $40, 1st Round buybacks are $20. These classes are for Mopar-powered or Mopar-bodied only except Nostalgia, which is open to any make vehicle 1990 or older without delay boxes.

Gates open at 9:00 am. For more information visit www.MilanDragway.com.

Englishtown's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Attention, racers in the Northeast: would you like to display your race car, hot rod, gasser, musclecar, etc. at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 50th Anniversary PC Richard & Son Night Of Thrills on Saturday night July 25th? If so, please send a few photos and a short description along with your phone # to pbailey@racewaypark.com to be considered for inclusion.

The deadline for your submission is Wednesday July 22, 2015. Space will be limited, so don’t hesitate.

East Coast Diesel Nationals at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA - Head to Numidia Dragway for the 2015 East Coast Diesel Nationals on Saturday, July 18th presented by Little Power Shop. The Diesel Nationals include a sled pull, drag racing, a tent sale and a dyno. 8:00 am until 10:30 pm. Drag racing classes include: ET Bracket Class, 12.0 Quick Diesel, Unlimited Truck, Pro Stock (fiberglass-bodied diesel-powered trucks and cars compete heads up to the finish) and Top Diesel for diesel dragsters designed for all out speed. Over $25,000 in purses and prizes.

Visit www.DieselMotorsports.us for more info.

Summer Series Shootout July 4th Weekend at Atco Dragway
Atco, NJ - Atco Dragway’s Summer Series Shootout continues July 4th Weekend, Friday July 3rd – Sunday July 5th, 2015. These quarter-mile gambler’s races are for dials of 6.50 – 12.99. Electronics permitted. No double-entries.

The payouts for Friday’s and Sunday’s races are $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $75 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $150 per day, buybacks are $95. Saturday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $200, buybacks are $125.

Gates open Friday at 11:00 am with time trials at 1:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. For more information visit www.Atco-Dragway.com.

Sponsor News: A Look at Mark Williams' Modular Rears
More than 20 years ago Mark Williams Enterprises developed the industry’s first modular aluminum housing for 9” Ford applications. Since then many subtle but important improvements have been made the modular design.

Efficiency
The primary benefit of M-W’s modular aluminum housing is that all components are CNC machined to exacting tolerances – within .001” for all critical dimensions. This alignment is extremely important to eliminate friction and tire scrubbing due to tow-in / tow-out. Improved accuracy ensures that the centers of the gear, carrier, case and axle bearings are on the correct centerline. This eliminates binding and drag due to misalignment. Correct alignment also results in increased ring and pinion life and improved E.T.s.
Extended Gear Life
Racers using the 11” Modular Rear report longer ring & pinion gear life thanks to the precision alignment and rigidity of M-W modular housings. M-W has not seen any gear breakage in the lifetime of the 11” Modular… that’s 13 years. 11” rear ends come with one-year gear life warranty - unheard of in the industry.

Versatility
With an M-W modular housing you can easily change ends and mounting methods to accommodate a wide variety of applications. Many components are interchangeable so you can upgrade from a 9” (or 9.5”) to an 11” setup. Configurations are available for applications from Pro Stock to E.T. Bracket, including special Low Friction units.
• Now with 4-link centers down to 16” and housing widths to 43”
• New upper support for anti-roll bar attachment and/or upper wheelie bar mounts
• Available with steel or carbon brakes and either full floater or flange axles
• Keyed 4-link brackets eliminate center section movement. Your choice – steel or lightweight billet aluminum brackets
• Cast from hi-strength aircraft aluminum alloy
• Pinion driven lubrication pump option is included.
• Same mounting configurations available on the M-W 11” or 9” modular.
• 10” pitch diameter ring gears can be used with any 9 or 9.5” M-W Modular.

Light Weight & Cost Effective
In many instances a modular aluminum rear end housing is lighter than a comparable stamped or fabricated steel unit. Not only are M-W modular aluminum housings priced competitively with similarly equipped fabricated units, but the improvement in component life will pay big dividends.

For more information visit www.MarkWilliams.com.

2015 Jim Harrington Memorial High School Challenge at Englishtown
Englishtown, NJ - On Sunday July 5, 2015, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will hold its Jim Harrington Memorial High School Challenge race. The class is open to any student who is in high school or will be graduating from high school in 2015. The winner at the end of the event will be awarded with a Raceway Park Points Champion embroidered jacket and will attend the NHRA Division 1 Summit E.T. Finals to help represent the 2015 Raceway Park team on September 17, 18 & 19, 2015 at Atco Dragway, Atco, NJ.

QUALIFICATIONS: Car must run 12.00 ET or slower. The car must be stock-appearing, all 4 tires must be D.O.T. approved (NO SLICKS), and no electronics are allowed. Street-type exhaust required. The student must have a valid driver's license and be in high school in 2015 or graduated in 2015. 17-year-olds must have a parent or guardian on premises or have a signed and notarized insurance release form. If student wins the High School race during the Bracket Finals, must be 18-years of age to compete in California.

Gates open 8:00 am. High School Tech Card $25. The High School Challenge will compete on Raceway Park's 1/4-mile track. Any racer who is also planning on racing at the 1/8 mile track, please let 1/8 mile tower know you are running both tracks. For more information visit www.etownraceway.com.

Midnight Drags Return to Southwestern International Raceway
Tucson, AZ - Midnight Drags is returning to Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) this Friday, July 3. The late night test & tune session is open to all street legal makes and models. Bring your favorite car, truck or motorcycle out and see what it can run on the quarter-mile.
The gates will open at 11 p.m. and the track will be available from midnight to 4 a.m. Pricing is as follows - tech cards $25, adult admission $10, and children 12 and under are FREE. Please note that Midnight Drags will be the only event taking place this weekend as SWIR will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Also, due to rain on Friday, June 26, the scheduled Lowered Lifted Crawlers and Open Test & Tune was cancelled. The premiere event has been rescheduled for July 24, 2015. For more information on SWIR, please visit www.RaceSWIR.com.

Wrap-Up: Maryland International Raceway's Top ET $5k Triple Header
Mechanicsville, MD - It was an action packed weekend of sportsman racing on June 13 & 14 at Maryland International Raceway as it hosted a Top ET $5K Triple Header in conjunction with its regular Speed Unlimited ET Series event.

Heading into the weekend’s action, Wesley Washington Jr. of Virginia held on to a tie for the 3rd place spot in his hunt for the ’15 season track title. Washington and his ’06 Racetech dragster captured Saturday’s first race taking out Joe Mayne and his West Virginia entry with a .005 reaction time in route to the win and helping his season points chase efforts as well.

In the second $5K of the day, Virginia's Steve Witherow (pictured above) took his ’14 Racetech dragster to the winner’s circle cutting a .002 light and running a 4.636 ET on a 4.63 dial.

Witherow continued his success during Sunday’s third and final $5K of the weekend, winning his second event in as many days with a win over Maryland's Mike Nelson Jr. and his ’81 Camaro.

“This was a great event for our ET racers as well as the track. We're blessed to have their support and will do absolutely everything in our power to make the Speed Unlimited ET Series and sportsman racing at MDIR shine into the future. Thank you to all the racers that choose to spend the weekend with us, we appreciate your support”, said Chris Miller, Director of Administrations and Operations at MDIR. For more information about Maryland International Raceway, visit www.RaceMDIR.com.

Wrap-Up: Fox a Repeat Winner in Super Pro at Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, PA - Two time winners are becoming a norm this year in the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Series at Maple Grove Raceway, including Pennsylvania racer Derrick Fox. Fox posted his second win of the season in the Gold Rush Super Pro Eliminator class on Sunday, June 28. His '05 Dragster beat PA's Ted Meyle who was driving a '59 Belair. Fox's 7.365 ET was able to overcome the large headstart Meyle had when Myle broke out on his final round run.

The Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator class was won on Sunday by PA racer Dennis Kessler. Kessler defeated feloow PA racer Mike Nessinger. Kessler was able to overcome Nessinger by having the closer dial-in time on a double break out.

Matthew Smith was a winner on Sunday, as he drove his '70 El Camino to the victory in the P.C. Richard and Son Street Eliminator class. Smith won the final round when Phil Williams broke out in his '71 Dart.

Taking the final green light in Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike was NJ's Elliot Boyce over Kyle Gockley of Mohnton, Pa. in the final round when broke out.

Jamie Rothenberger of Glenmoore, Pa. visited Sunoco Race Fuels Victory Lane in the U.T.I. Junior Dragster division, besting CJ Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa. Rothenberger claimed the victory after Ketterer broke out on his final round run.

Other Maple Grove Winners:

Junior Street: Hunter Zajac defeated Jake Karol.

Trophy: Dana Loffredo defeated Zac Bugay.

Pro Dial: Bryan Kershner defeated Todd Thoman.

Northeast Index Racer Series / 8.50 Index: Mike Kost defeated Gary Rosse.

Northeast Index Racer Series / 10.00 Index: Brian Correll defeated Michael Copenhaver.

Northeast Index Racer Series / 11.50 Index: Matt Ricchezza defeated Josh Hillard.

New Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Revealed
The Mopar brand unveiled the next-generation Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, a factory-prepped package car specifically geared for drag racing. The vehicle, revealed at the FCA US LLC Chelsea Proving Grounds, is built on the Dodge Challenger platform and will come with the option of either the brand’s first ever offering of a supercharged 354-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI® engine or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI engine.

The new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is designed for passionate Sportsman racers who compete in nationally sanctioned drag racing series, such as the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The new generation Drag Pak combines the latest in Sportsman racing technology, a host of upgrades and improvements from the previous generation Drag Pak and unique heritage design cues.

Under a factory hood is the supercharged 354 HEMI engine, with a cast-iron block, forged steel crankshaft, Mopar spec camshaft and a custom performance engine calibration. The 354 nomenclature pays homage to the heritage of the early Gen 1 HEMI engines, which originally displaced 354 cubic inches.

The naturally aspirated 426 Race HEMI engine is built off of a Mopar aluminum block with pressed-in steel liners and aluminum cylinder heads. Like the supercharged engine, the 426 HEMI also includes a custom engine calibration. The new Drag Pak features a race-prepped automatic transmission, upgraded from the previous generation vehicle, for both the 354 and 426 engine options.

The vehicle’s front suspension sports a unique Mopar K-Member and suspension geometry, with double adjustable compression and rebound struts. At the back of the car is a four-link rear suspension with Panhard bar, Strange Engineering 4-inch solid axle with 9-inch aluminum third member, 40 spline gun drilled axles, shocks with adjustable compression and rebound and an anti-roll bar. The rear axle mounting has been strengthened from the previous generation Drag Pak to help the car launch faster and harder.

Each engine version carries a unique graphic identification package. The supercharged hot rod displays a Mopar Blue stripe and a “354 Supercharged” graphic insignia, while the naturally aspirated (N/A) Drag Pak sports a horizontal black stripe along its side with a 426 HEMI engine graphic identification.

The new Drag Pak includes the Dodge Challenger front and rear fascia trim and a redesigned full roll cage fabricated to NHRA specifications. The inside of the cockpit reflects the Dodge Challenger interior, but with the addition of a Mopar gauge pack, driver and passenger lightweight racing seats, along with a safety net and a five-point harness.

The Mopar Drag Pak is equipped with 15-inch front and rear lightweight wheels displaying the unique Mopar logo. Mounted on those wheels will be Hoosier drag radials with front tires that measure 28 inches in diameter by 4.5 inches wide, and rear tires that are 30 inches in diameter by 9 inches wide. The car will also feature slotted front and rear brake rotors, with race-specific calipers and master cylinder.

The vehicle also includes a more user-friendly hood, hinged at the rear to make between rounds under hood maintenance an easier task. Another small but essential detail that racers will appreciate is the addition of integrated trailer tie-down loops on the front and rear of the new Drag Pak.

The Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak will be open for ordering through authorized Dodge dealerships beginning July 23 as the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals kickoff with the Mopar Block Party in downtown Golden, Colorado. The MSRP for the naturally aspirated 426 version of the Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is a “cubic inch appropriate” $99,426, with the 354 supercharged race car available for $109,354 MSRP. For ordering information on the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, visit www.mopar.com/mopar-drag-pak.

Carlisle Chryslers at South Mountain Raceway on Friday, July 10
The original Friday Night Carlisle Chryslers @ South Mountain Raceway in Boiling Springs PA is back with a twist. Friday is Chrysler vs. the World in Super ET, Pro, Street DOT and Trophy. Chryslers vs.the World with an additional entry of $20 for the chance at the World money. Guaranteed $1,000 for the winner, $500 for Runner -Up. How it works: the winner of each class (four from Chrysler, four from The World) will face off for the $1,000 Win, $500 Runner up. The Chrysler winners and World winners will draw cards to see who races who.

Four classes each for Chrysler and The World: Super Pro - Entry $55, Payout Winner $600/Runner Up $375 / Pro - Entry $45, Payout Winner $500/Runner Up $300 / Street DOT 7.35 slower - Entry $35, Payout Winner $380/Runner up $240 / Trophy - Entry $30.

Overnight Camping for racers. Thursday gates open @ 10:00 am (no hook ups). Friday Gates open 8:00 am. Tech 11:00 am. No starting of unmuffled cars before 1:00 pm. 3:00 PM Time Runs. 6:00 PM Eliminations. Eliminator Payout based on 64 car minimum.

Time and Heads-Up Grudge runs after each session. $30 If time permits there will be a third time run. For more information visit www.southmountainraceway.com.

Mid Atlantic .90 Association at Cecil County Dragway July 11th - 12th

The Mid Atlantic .90 Series fires back up for its mid-Summer stretch beginning at Cecil County Dragway on July 11th & 12th. A jam packed weekend of racing is on tap for .90 Racers. This event will feature Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street on both days and on Saturday evening the 2nd annual Autometer / ATI Top 8 Shootout will be featured for those drivers who are already qualified.

Everyone is welcomed to come race with us and we welcome members and non-members. Early points leaders Keith Mayers (MASSA), George Stack (MASGA) and Kevin Scholl (MASCA) will enter as the current point leaders but, expect stiff competition from the rest of the Mid Atlantic .90 Association members along with some Cecil County locals who are coming to defend their home turf.

Since 1993 Cecil County has played host to the annual Uncle Buck Pig Roast that was originally started by Ronnie "Uncle Buck" Harple for the MASGA group. Even after Harple's passing in 2012 the Donhauser and Friends have put together a spread that is second-to-none and is enjoyed by all.

For those wishing to get in and set-up early gates will be open beginning at 5pm on Friday the 10th (weather permitting). There will be a test & tune starting at 6pm till 10:30pm. Gates will then re-open at 8am on both Saturday and Sunday with racing beginning at 9am on Saturday.

We will be with the All-AMC Day on Saturday the 11th and Cecil County bracket programs on Sunday. On Sunday Junior Dragsters will start at 9am and regular racing should start around 11am.

For more info e-mail Rob Keister: rekeister@aol.com.

SuperBucks In The Hills at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA - Attention racers! Mark your calendars now for Labor Day Weekend. The “Home Of The Guaranteed Payout”, Numidia Dragway presents its 4th Annual SuperBucks In The Hills, September 4 – 6, 2015.

Friday and Sunday each has a $5K race for Electronics and a $3K race for Footbrake. Saturday has two $5Ks: one for Door Cars and one for Dragsters. At the end there’ll be a Door vs. Dragster King of the Hill runoff for another $2,500.

The $5K races pay $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $600 Semis, $300 5th Round, $200 4th Round, $150 3rd Round and $75 2nd Round Win. Entry is $150; buybacks are $90.

The $3K races pay $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $400 Semis and $50 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Entry is $90; buybacks are $60.

ET breaks for electronics are 6.50 – 11.99; ET breaks for footbrake is 8.50 – 15.99. All races are quarter-mile. Two drivers may share a car; one driver may enter two different cars. One driver cannot enter the same car twice in the same class.

Gates will be open all day on Thursday, September 3 for parking. Gates open 10:00 am on Friday, with time runs starting at 11:00 am. Gates open at 9:00 am on Saturday with time runs at 10:00 am; gates open 8:00 am Sunday with a time run at 10:00 am. Visit www.NumidiaDragway.com for more info.

Heads-up in Montgomery, AL!
Heads-up in Montgomery, AL! If you’re in the vicinity of Montgomery Raceway Park and love grudge racing, then get there on Saturday, June 27, 2015 for the War Of The Worlds 2: The Dirty South Outlaws vs. The New No Limit. There’ll be $100,000 worth of all-out grudge racing on the line.

There’ll also be 6.0 and 7.0 Index racing. 6.0 Index pays $1,200 with a 10-car minimum; $50 entry. 7.0 Index pays $1,000 with a 10-car minimum; $40 entry.

Gates open at 3:00 pm. For more information visit www.montgomeryracewaypark.com.

Git ‘R Done at Mt. Park Dragway’s Hillbilly Showdown
Clay City, KY - OK, all you bracket racing hillbillies! Get to Mt. Park Dragway for the Hillbilly Showdown on Friday – Sunday, July 3rd – 5th, 2015.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday each has a $5K Top ET race for box. Payout is $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Enter a single day for $100, enter two days for $180 or enter all three days for $260. Buybacks are $50.
Each day also features a $1,500 Mod race for no box. Payout is $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $150 Semis, $75 Quarters and $35 Eighths. One day entry is $65, two day is $120 or three day is $160. Buybacks are $30.

Saturday has a 64-Car Duel that pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $250 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry is $250. There’ll also be a 32-Car Duel that pays $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $150 Quarters and $50 Eighths. Entry is $150.

Gates open Thursday, July 2nd for early parking from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Gates open Friday at 10:00 am, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.mpdragway.com for more info.

Quick Series Shootout at Cordova International Raceway
The 2015 Quick Series Shootout at Cordova International Raceway will qualify the quickest 8 Top Sportsman and the quickest 8 Top Dragsters. Each class will vie for $600 Win and $150 Runner-Up. The winner of each will face each other in a shootout race that pays an additional $500. Entry is $100. Non-Qualifiers get entry back less Test n Tune fee. Shootout dates are June 27, July 11, August 28 & 29.

The 2015 Quick Series Shootout Year-End Points Fund pays: 1st Place - $1,000 and a Dyno Day Session at West Racing Heads in Geneseo, IL; 2nd Place - $600; 3rd Place - $500; 4th Place - $400 and 5th Place - $300. For information, visit www.racecir.com.

Sponsor News: ATI to Award Nearly $2,000 to DSE Racers in 2015
ATI Performance Products and the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series will again be working together in 2015 to help bring competitive, fun and rewarding bracket racing to tracks in southern Ontario by awarding close to $2,000 in prizes to top points racers in the series.

Returning for their third season with the Canada-based racing series, ATI will be awarding $1,000 in Product Certificates for points competitors in Super Pro, Modified Eliminator, and Quick 16 . As a bonus ATI will hand out a $995 certificate towards the purchase of a new ATI torque converter to the racer in either Modified, Super Pro or Quick 16 that finishes with the most points and is currently not an ATI torque converter owner.

Racers can compete for the year-end prizes by joining the Sportsman Racing Series Points program, which costs $80 for Super Pro, Modified, or Super Bike/Sled, $130 for Quick 16 ($30 Discount for those who also join Super Pro Points), $40 for Street and $30 for Jr Dragster. Co-Drivers are permitted in all classes.

The next event in the DSE Sportsman Racing Series is the inagural Southern Ontario Nationals at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park featuring the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment “King of the Track”. For more information on the series please visit www.SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.

Glory Days Nostalgia Drags at Maple Grove Raceway

Mohnton, PA - A blast from the past returns to Maple Grove Raceway as the Glory Days Nostalgia Drags comes to the track on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The event, a throwback to drag racing's wild early days, includes drag racing, a car show and the summer flea market.

Four alcohol-burning Nostalgia Funny Cars are featured during the event: Total Insanity, Fireball Monza, Bits & Pieces and Screamin Eagle. The Nostalgia Funny Cars will be joined by five nostalgia drag racing organizations: 422 All Stars, East Coast Gassers, Back Seat Drivers, North East Timing Organization (NETO) and Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (MANDRA). The "Jungle Jim" Liberman tribute car, a replica of the late legend's 1970 Camaro funny car, will be on display on the midway. Nostalgia E.T. bracket racing (no cars newer than 1989) will also take place. Gates for Glory Days open at 8 a.m.

For more information visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.


Wrap-Up: June 20 E.T. Bracket Racing at Maple Grove Raceway

Paul Werner can be called a creature of habit, because he has a habit of visiting Sunoco Race Fuels Victory Lane at Maple Grove Raceway. Werner, of Sinking Spring, Pa., took first place in P.C. Richard and Son Street Eliminator on Saturday, June 20, 2015 during the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail No. 6. It was his second win of the season in Street, and he did it when his competition, Lee Ann Ormsbee, fouled at the start of the final round of eliminations. Werner also has a win this year in Cicccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator.

The Gold Rush Super Pro Eliminator was won on Saturday by Shayne Beck (Narvon, Pa.). Beck defeated Dennis Helman (Norristown, Pa.). Beck's reaction time at the start of .004 seconds helped propel him to the win, besting Helman who had a .018 reaction time.

Paul Thimm, Jr. (Mohnton, Pa.) was also a repeat winner on Saturday, as he ran his '27 Ford Roadster to the victory in Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator class for the second straight week. Thimm won the final round when Mike Tomaszewski of Reading, Pa. broke out in his '68 Barracuda.

Taking the final green light in Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike was Kyle Gockley of Mohnton, Pa. Gockley, who defeated Austin Youndt of Stevens, Pa. in the final round on a double break out.

Three Races in Two Days at South Georgia Motorsports Park
Valdosta, GA - ET bracket racers at South Georgia Motorsports Park will have three chances in two days to take home the money. Saturday, June 27 will have two races for Box, No Box and Street ET; Sunday June 28 will have one race in each class.

Box (1/8-mile) pays $1,400 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry per race is $60; buybacks are $30. No Box (1/8-mile) pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry per race is $50; buybacks are $25. Street ET (1/4-mile) pays $100 Win, $50 Runner-Up and $10 Semis. Entry per race is $25; buybacks are $10.

Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.GoRaceSGMP.com for more info.

Random Photos from the Summer Bracket Bonanza at Englishtown
Here's a small sampling of the images that we captured on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at The Summer Bracket Bonanza at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. On the line was a $5,000 Super Pro race and a $3,000 Footbrake race. There were some serious heavy-hitters in competition, including NHRA National event winners Peter Biondo, Dan Northrop, Richard Leone and Steve Sisko in Super Pro, and NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals winners James Young, Jr. and Andrew Bracuto in Footbrake. There'll be an upcoming Dragtime News On Location photo-coverage article, so make sure you join the email list to be alerted when it's published. The sign-up box is in the upper-right corner of the Home page. Your email address will not be sold in any way; it will only be used for the 'alert' emails.
Wrap-Up: American DRAGCAR Inaugural StreetCar Showdown

American DRAGCAR debuted the 1/8th mile heads-up Arizona Race Company StreetCar Showdown Series on Saturday May 30th at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, and what a show those racers put on.

It seemed that this much-anticipated debut actually turned out to be a “let’s see what it looks like” kind of event for a number of the Arizona heads-up racers as there were quite a few absent from the staging lanes on this evening but those who did show up certainly exhibited hardcore racer hearts as they battled it out under the lights for money and bragging rights.

Read the full story HERE...

Dragtime News On Location: 2015 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway
We were on location at the 2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Classes were Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Competition Eliminator, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Stock Sled, Top Alcohol Funny and Top Alcohol Dragster. We were on the property for a short amount of time and had to leave before Super Gas, Comp Eliminator or the Alcohol cars made any passes that day.

Due to the volume of photos, we'll be presenting this in three parts, so be patient and stick with it. Subscribe to the email list (upper-right of this page) to be alerted to when new items are published.

Part III is now published HERE, or start at the beginning with Part I HERE.

Wrap-Up: Maple Grove ET Bracket Racing, June 5, 2015
Saturday, June 13 was the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail No. 5 at Maple Grove Raceway. The Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro Eliminator class was won by Nick Daniels of Malvern, Pa., who piloted his '67 Coupe to an ET of 10.715 at 70.69 mph. His win over Brian Marko of Myerstown, Pa. was complete when Marko broke out at 8.498 on a dial-in of 8.95.

The Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator class saw Paul Thimm, Jr. of Mohnton, Pa. run his '27 Ford Roadster to the win over Jeff Hatfield of Spring City, Pa., when Hatfield fouled at the start of the final.

Over in the P.C. Richard and Son Street Eliminator class, Adam Werner of Reading, Pa. recorded a double break-out win over Matthew Smith from Coatesville, Pa. Werner's reaction time of .021 was what helped propel him to the victory against Smith's .033.

Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike honors went once again to Cory Stuebner of Orwigsburg, Pa., who posted his second victory of the year. Stuebner rode his Kawasaki to the win over Kyle Gockley of Mohnton, Pa., who red lit at the start.

Jeremy Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa. drove his '05 Half Scale to the win in UTI Junior Dragsters when his final round opponent, Elizabeth Pyles of East Prospect, Pa. fouled at the start of the race.

Another 2015 two-time champion was crowned on Saturday when Robert Weidenhammer of Reading, Pa. won the Junior Street class. His 10.373 ET was good enough to beat Samantha Hess of Mountville, Pa., who posted an ET of 11.230.

Trophy class saw Sue Feger, Reading, Pa., take the win in her '14 Mustang when her competition, Kevin Keisey of Myerstown, Pa. fouled at the start of the race.

Maple Grove Raceway will kick off its next weekend with the Auto Locator Fast Friday. Saturday brings Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail No. 6 to the Grove, and Sunday we play host to the Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience.

Final Round Results - Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Racing Series No. 5, June 13

Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro: Nick Daniels, '67 Coupe, .004 reaction time, 10.715 ET on a 10.71 dial-in, 70.69 mph defeated Brian Marko, '68 Chevelle, .013, 8.948 on a 8.95 dial-in, 150.45 mph

Ciccarone Racing Products Pro: Paul Thimm, Jr., '27 Ford Roadster, .013 reaction time, 9.063 on a 9.06 dial-in, 145.66 mph defeated Jeff Hatfield, '68 Dodge Dart, -.042, 9.471 on a 9.46 dial-in, 139.47 mph (foul)

P.C. Richard and Son Street: Adam Werner, '81 El Camino, .021 reaction time, 12.135 on a 12.15 dial-in, 109.52 mph defeated Matthew Smith, '70 El Camino, .033, 11.699 on a 11.73 dial-in, 112.25 mph

Reading Standard Motorsports Top Bike: Cory Stuebner, Kawasaki, .043 reaction time, 8.894 on a 8.85 dial-in, 145.53 mph, defeated Kyle Gockley, '03 Suzuki, -.012, 8.911 on a 8.87 dial-in, 151.10 mph (foul)

U.T.I. Junior Dragster: Jeremy Ketterer, '05 Halfscale, .088 reaction time, 7.895 on a 7.90 dial-in, 83.36 mph defeated Elizabeth Pyles, '05 Lightning, -.016, 7.876 on a 7.90 dial-in, 82.43 mph (foul)

Junior Street: Robert Weidenhammer, '72 Nova, .166 reaction time, 10.373 on a 10.30 dial-in, 67.41 mph defeated Samantha Hess, .254, 11.230 on a 11.19 dial-in, 65.82 mph

Trophy: Sue Feger, '14 Mustang, .290 reaction time, 13.093 on a 13.00 dial-in, 110.23 mph defeated Kevin Keisey, '89 Mustang, -.068, 13.674 on a 13.60 dial-in, 101.56 mph (foul)
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Nitro Harley's Rise in Popularity at IHRA Nitro Jam Events
The riders of IHRA's Nitro Harley class are among the most popular classes this season. With 2,000 horsepower, nitro-burning engines placed just inches beneath their chest, Nitro Harley covers the quarter-mile in a little over six seconds at more than 220 mph and the racers, and fans, love it. 2012 Nitro Harley World Champion Jay Turner and current IHRA racer believes that racer and fan attendance will continue to grow. "Over the last few years, the facilities have improved and we're running in front of crowds again. It's no longer like bracket racing," remarked Turner. "Last year was a good season and this year there is even more interest. You can look in the stands every week and see we're heading in the right direction."

Nitro Motorcycles have been used for drag racing since the 1980s and is viewed as one of the most insane types of drag racing. The Nitro Harley riders are so hard core, they have to wear Kevlar vests under their fire suits just to protect themselves in the event of an engine explosion.

"When I was kid growing up my parents owned Piedmont Dragway and, Elmer Trett and Jim McClure were my heroes. I couldn't imagine there was anything cooler than racing drag bikes," stated Turner. "I started racing as a kid and still do it as an adult. There's nothing else out there like it. No two runs are ever the same and there's always another challenge; either do a better job riding the bike or a better job tuning it."

After five events this season, a total of 17 different teams have competed on the Nitro Jam tour. The top-three Nitro Harley riders heading into Maryland are separated by just 10 points: Randal Andras - 399, Jay Turner - 390, and Tracy Kile - 389. For more information, please visit www.NitroJam.com.
National Dragster Challenge at Numidia Dragway
Numidia, PA - Numidia Dragway hosts the NHRA National DRAGSTER Challenge as part of their E.T. bracket racing on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Since 2002, National DRAGSTER, the weekly publication of the National Hot Rod Association, has presented its popular National DRAGSTER Challenge for E.T. bracket racers at NHRA member tracks. The winner of each event is rewarded with a special-edition pewter Wally trophy, the most coveted prize in drag racing. When member tracks report their National DRAGSTER Challenge results, their coverage and photos appear with logo identification in ND's Member Track News section.

Gates open at10:00 am, Jr. Dragster at 11:00 am, time trials at 3:00 pm and eliminations are 5:30 pm. Visit www.NumidiaDragway.com for more information.

$1,000 Electronics, $1,000 Footbrake at Gulfport Dragway

Gulfport, MS - Saturday, June 13 is the Summit Super Series at Gulfport Dragway. This is 1/8 mile E.T. bracket racing for Electronics, Footbrake and Jr. Dragsters.

Electronics and Footbrake have the same payout structure: $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40; 1st Round buybacks are $20.

Jr. Dragster pays $150 Win, $60 Runner-Up, $40 Semis and $20 Quarters. Entry is $20; 1st Round buybacks are $10.

Gates open 11:00 am, Jr. Dragster time trials are at 12 noon, Footbrake and Electronic time trials at 4:00 pm.

Also this week at Gulfport is the Bud Light King of the Hill 1/4 Mile Racing Program on Wednesday, June 10. Gates open 6:00 pm.

For more information visit www.GulfportDragway.com.

NHRA Division 1 News: Big Money for Stock, Super Stock at Napierville Nat'l Open
Here’s some good news for Stock and Super Stock racers at the Sony / PC Richard.com National Open Series event at Napierville Dragway coming up June 19-21, 2015. These racers have the opportunity to bring home two purses for a single $250 entry. $10,000 to win on the Main Event on Saturday and there will be a special Stock/Super Stock Combo on Sunday presented by Gafftech Solutions.

SATURDAY - Stock/Super Stock Combo Race pays $10,000 Win + Wally, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $250 Quarters. Entry Fee is $250 US. Payout based on 64 cars. Points will be awarded to PC Richard.com National Open Series on Saturday only for Stock & Super Stock.

SUNDAY -- Stock/Super Stock Combo Race pay $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-up, $500 Semis and $250 Quarters. Free entry with paid Saturday entry. Payouts based on 48 cars.

More information about the event can be found on the NHRA Division 1 website HERE. For more information about the track, visit www.napiervilledragway.com.

Wrap-Up: Neva Wray Becomes First Woman to Take American DRAGCAR Win
American DRAGCAR entered the 2nd half of its Season IV Arizona Differential Specialists Central State Championship Series schedule at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park with Race #4 on Saturday May 30th and what an event it was to behold. The Arizona weather was hot to start the day but it actually cooled off comfortably after the sun went down. And though the air temperature cooled, the action heated up as DRAGCAR was not only featuring the CSCS DragCar/DragSport Eliminator combo at this event, but also the very first outing of the Arizona Race Company StreetCar Showdown Series as well...

Read the full story HERE

Outlaw Saturday Night at Palm Beach International Raceway
Jupiter, FL - Outlaw Saturday Night is coming up Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at Palm Beach International Raceway. This is an Open Test & Tune where no times are displayed on the scoreboards. Racer entry is $20; time slips are available for $1 each. Gates open at 6:00 pm, test & tune starts at 6:30 am. All vehicles must adhere to IHRA safety rules; IHRA rules can be found HERE.

For more information about Palm Beach International, visit www.RacePBIR.com,

Random Photos from the NHRA Toyota Summernationals at Englishtown
Here's a small sampling of the images that we captured over three days at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The upcoming Dragtime News On Location photo-coverage will be huge, so make sure you join the email list to be alerted when it's published. The sign-up box is in the upper-right corner of the Home page. Your email address will not be sold in any way; it will only be used for the 'alert' emails.
Milan Dragway Hosts 6th Annual Detroit Dragway Reunion
Milan, MI - On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Milan Dragway will host thousands of drag racing, car loving enthusiasts for one of the biggest events of the year, The Detroit Dragway Reunion. For the past six years, those who used to frequent the Detroit Dragway gather to reunite, race and show off their cars.

Drag racing classes include Super Pro, Pro ET, Sportsman and a Detroit Dragway Trophy class. Racing groups will include nostalgia funny cars and The Great Lakes Gassers. Special guests in attendance include the legendary Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, who represent the greatest rivalry and friendship in drag racing history. The legends will be greeting fans along with signing autographs at 10:30 am and then again at 3:00 pm at the dragway.

Gates open at 9:00 am and cars begin racing at 10:00 am. The event will continue until dusk as hundreds of cars will race throughout the day. Along with the days activities, the Billetproof Car Show will also be taking place throughout the day. Visit www.MilanDragway.com.

NHRA Racer News: H.P. Adjustments Following the LODRS at Maple Grove

As the result of runs under NHRA's Automatic Horsepower Factoring System (AHFS) 1.20-second under policy at the LODRS 1-2 event, the following change has been made:

The horsepower rating for 2009-2010 Dodge Drag Pak entries with the 426 cubic inch engine and a factory rating of 450 currently rated at 450 has been increased by twenty-four horsepower to 474 horsepower for Stock Eliminator. NHRA's 2015 Automatic Horsepower Factoring System outlines that any run of 1.20-seconds or more under the index will receive an immediate index decrease or horsepower increase. These changes became effective May 26, 2015.

In other NHRA racer news, the NHRA Technical Department has released additional 2015 Rule Amendments. Unless otherwise noted, these additional amendments will come into effect immediately. The 2015 NHRA Rulebook Amendments can be found under the Rules section of NHRARacer.com.

Current Top 5 in IHRA Crower Pro Mod Points

CROWER PRO MOD Points Standings – after three events
1. Ruben Tetsoshvili (Wesley Chapel, Florida / pictured above left) 220
2. Isaias Rojas (San Juan, Puerto Rico) 212
3. Jimmy Keen (Parrish, Florida) 210
4. Dina Parise (New Freedom, Pennsylvania / pictured above right) 197
5. Bill Lutz (Canal Winchester, Ohio) 123

NHRA’s "D1" Ladies Enter Media Spotlight
On Thursday, June 4th, ladies of the NHRA Northeast Division’s sportsman categories (pictured clockwise from right) Amanda Boicesco, Allison Smyth, Katie Sepanek, Kelli Barbato and Jeanne Linke will sit down together to discuss today’s most relevant topics in sportsman drag racing.

The ladies, all second generation competitors, will broadcast live from the NHRA Toyota Summernationals, with assistance from David Napp of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, on Wheelz Up Radio, presented by BBRD Motorsports and Str8line Automotive, at 7PM EST to discuss not only what it is like “racing with the boys,” but also their investments as sportsman racers and their concerns for the future of drag racing.

“I’m really looking forward to this,” says Chris Barnes, of Wheelz Up Radio. “Each of these ladies has an outstanding resume and a lot of knowledge to bring to the table about a variety of aspects related to motorsports.”

Barbato, driver of the Hudson Performance and Mid Atlantic Super Street Association sponsored 1968 Super Street/Super Gas Chevrolet Camaro, began working beside her father, a shop foreman for Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, at a young age to help build and assemble race engines. She continues to stay involved in the sport in ways other than through racing by helping her father as well as her fiancé operate their own race engine shops.

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Summer Bracket Bonanza at Englishtown

Englishtown, NJ - Attention, bracket racers in the Northeast: mark your calendars for the weekend of Saturday & Sunday, June 13th & 14th, 2015 for the Summer Bracket Bonanza at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ.

Each day will feature a race for Super ET (electronics) and Pro ET (footbrake). Super ET pays $5,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $350 Quarters and $200 Eighths. Entry per day is $160; buybacks are $90. Super ET is for 6.50 – 11.99 dials. No deep staging.

Each day’s Pro ET race pays $3,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $250 Quarters and $150 Eighths. Entry per day is $100; buybacks are $60. Pro ET is for 9.00 – 15.99 dials, footbrake only (no transbrakes) and deep staging will be honored.

Gates open Saturday at 1:00 pm with a single session of time runs at 4:00 pm. No double-entries on Saturday, buybacks to be determined. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am, with time runs starting at 9:30 am. Double-entry and buybacks on Sunday. Download the flier HERE. For info, visit www.RacewayPark.com.

Wrap-Up: Mega MOPAR Action Series at Maple Grove Raceway

MOHNTON, Pa. - The words "MOPAR heaven" summed up the annual Mega MOPAR Action Series held at Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday, May 30. The daylong event featured everything MOPAR, including drag racing, swap meet, a car show and manufacturers' midway.

In the hotly contest Hemi Challenge Shootout, it was Jim Daniels (Bristol, Pa.) making a trip to Maple Grove's Sunoco Race Fuels Victory Lane, defeating Larry Perkins, Sr. (Collegeville, Pa.) with an ET of 8.827 at 146.85 mph, as compared to Perkins' 8.843 at 151.04. It was Daniel's reaction time of .012 compared to Perkins' .064 that sealed the victory.

Other winners included Mike Novitsky (Slatington, Pa.) in B1, Mike Tomaszewski (Reading, Pa.) in B2, Don Long Jr. (Quakertown, Pa.) in DOT/Street, John E. Grater in Nostalgia Stock/Super Stock, Colin Moyle in the Front Wheel Drive Challenge, John Castiello (Aldan, Pa.) in Challenger SO, Mark Woods (Poolesville, Md.) in the Late Model Hemi Challenge, and Jeff Tripp (Jackson, N.J.) in NHRA Stock/Superstock.

Mega MOPAR Action Series Final Round Results

B1 Electronics: Mike Novitsky, .022 reaction time, 8.236 seconds, 138.33 def. Keith Mayers, .021, 11.638, 105.32

B2 Non-Electronics: Mike Tomaszewski, '68 EFI Source Barracuda, .052 reaction time, 9.732, 136.80 def. Andy Anderson, '71 Dodge Dart, .035, 10.442, 111.99

DOT/Street: Don Long, Jr. '71 Dodge Demon, .077 reaction time, 12.705, 104.87 def. Jason Kemp, '68 Dodge, -.003, 13.301, 94.77 (foul)

Nostalgia S/SS: John E. Grater, .075 reaction time, 11.649, 110.56 def. Keith Mayers, '67 Dodge, .109 11.644, 111.87

Front Wheel Drive Challenge: Colin Moyle, '04 SRT4, .427 reaction time, 11.636 seconds, 121.72 def. Andrew Crider, '87 GLHS, .204, 13.884, 100.42

Challenger SO: John Castiello, .214, 12.748, 100.12 ran unopposed

Late Model Hemi Challenge: Mark Woods, '06 Dodge SRT8, .632 reaction time, 13.404, 103.21 def. Steve Kaiser, 2110 Challenger, -.023, 12.127, 115.66 (foul)

Hemi Challenge Shootout: Jim Daniels, '68 Dart, .012, 8.827, 146.85 def. Larry Perkins, Sr. '68 Barracuda, .064, 8.843, 151.04

NHRA Stock/Super Stock Circuit: Jeff Tripp, .041, 8.777, 151.89 def. James Daniels, .062, 11.384, 114.93

Performance Improvements Sponsors DSE Street Eliminator Class

TORONTO, ONPerformance Improvements will be sponsoring the Canada-based DSE Sportsman Racing Series Street Eliminator category for the 2015 season by contributing $1,000 in certificates to the year end points fund as well as awarding ten $50 certificates to one Street Eliminator racer at each event who has the best first-round losing package. The Performance Improvements Street Eliminator class is designed to give automotive enthusiasts who wish to race their Street vehicles a safe and organized place to run against other street legal vehicles at the drag strip in a no pressure environment.

Vehicles in the category must run drive tires stamped DOT approved for street use, and must use full exhausts with commercially available mufflers. Vehicles will not be allowed to run any bracket racing aids such as delay boxes, two steps, or air/electric shifters unless it was installed with the vehicle from the factory.
The race will be run as a standard bracket race where competitors dial their cars in, and handicap starts are given to the slower vehicle, however instead of using the standard Sportsman tree, the class will run on a .600 Pro tree, which over the past two seasons has proven to be a hit with the racers.

The first event in the DSEAutomotive Sportsman Racing Series is the 4th Annual Season Opener which takes place June 6th-7th at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. The DSESportsman Racing Series features six different Championship Classes and a points structure where racers claim their best 8 out of 10 points races during the season. For more information www.SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.

Photo: Darwin Kent

IHRA President’s Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway
The IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is headed to the East Coast again, this time to Maryland International Raceway on June 19-20 for the annual President’s Cup Nationals. The quarter-mile-only drag racing series featuring five pro classes has been developing some interesting story lines since the Summer Nationals concluded in Cordova, Illinois, on May 31.

Halfway: The President’s Cup Nationals is the sixth race on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam schedule and will mark the halfway point of the season.

New faces in the winner’s circle: Tii Tharpe won his very first Nitro Harley race at Cordova, while Ruben Tetsoshvili scored his first IHRA Nitro Jam win in the Crower Pro Mod final. There are no repeat winners this year in three Crower Pro Mod races since the class was reinstated at the Bradenton, Florida, event in April.

New points leaders: With his Cordova Summer Nationals victory, Ruben Tetsoshvili also has jumped to the top of the Crower Pro Mod points battle. Summer Nationals Nitro Harley runner-up Randal Andras has taken the points lead from Jay Turner.

Undefeated: Mike McIntire has entered four of the five IHRA Nitro Jam events held so far in 2015 and has won them all. McIntire’s “McAttack!” Camaro also has set three new IHRA records in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car Presented By Aeromotive class.

Numbers: The Cordova Nitro Jam also boasted a season-high AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car entry list of 14 cars. The President’s Cup Nationals’ Crower Pro Mod entry list stands at eight so far (Ruben Tetsoshvili, Dina Parise, George Williams, Bill Lutz, Chuck Mohn, Vinny Budano, Billy Harper and Robert Patrick).

TNT Super Series at Cayuga Dragway

Ian Hill Racing/RPM Magazine will present the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series June 6-7 at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. This double race weekend marks the Canadian opener for the highly competitive sportsman drag racing series which is based on NHRA's Super Street (10.90) index class.

Going into races 3 and 4 of the 10 race series, the 2015 TNTSS points chase is heating up with Wellandport's Chris VanBaalen leading, just ahead of 2009 TNTSS champion Paul Young. They are followed by Sam LoVetro Jr in third, then Ryan Boniferro fourth and rounding out the top five is Jeff Sobczynski.

This weekend’s events are also two more qualifiers for the REVS Full Throttle Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS coming up in September. Last year’s event saw Tom Coonly from Blasdell, NY win Saturday and improve his qualifying position in the ROC. Event presenter Ian Hill is a strong supporter of grass roots drag racing and is a great fit for the TNTSS. "Ian Hill Racing is proud to associate with the TNT Super Series for our third year, this time, partnering up with RPM Magazine to present the series’ Canadian opening dates," said Hill. "We feel that the TNT Super Series is truly one of the toughest series going. With win stripes being taken by thousands of a second, and such diverse power to weight differential between the competitors, .90 racing is something every spectator should watch from the finish line. It will give you a new appreciation for the talent these index class drivers have and something Ian Hill Racing/ RPM Magazine looks forward to being part of down the road!"

Gates open Friday at 6:00 pm for weekend camping with qualifying set to begin at 11:00 am on Saturday and 10:00 am on Sunday. See www.torontomotorsportspark.com for complete racetrack information.

Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series - 2015 Championship Points Standings Top 10 (2 of 10 races complete)

  • 1 Chris VanBaalen 209
  • 2 Paul Young 189
  • 3 Sam LoVetro Jr 170
  • 4 Ryan Boniferro 150
  • 5 Jeff Sobczynski 142
  • 6 Harris Phelps 140
  • 6 Jamie Stoneman 140
  • 8 Ron D'Alessandro 134
  • 9 Ted Barnes 130
  • 9 Larry Pulver 130
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Spring Bracket Nationals at Rockingham Dragway
Rockingham, NC - Rockingham Dragway has a huge weekend of 1/8th-mile big-money bracket racing scheduled at The Spring Bracket Nationals on Friday – Sunday, June 12-14, 2015. With races for Top ET, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster, there’s something for pretty much every racer.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday each has a Top ET race that pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis, $400 Quarters and $50 Round starting 3rd Round Win. 8.49 and quicker dials, electronics permitted, payouts based on 150 minimum entries per day. Entry per day is $150, or buy a 3-race weekend tech card for $300. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

Footbrake has races on Saturday and Sunday. Each race pays $2,500 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $30 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. No electronics (no boxes, no brakes, no 2-steps except for stick cars), payouts based on 60 minimum entries per day. Entry per day is $65 or buy a 2-race tech card for $100. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $30.

Jr. Dragster (Saturday and Sunday) pays $400 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry per day is $25, or a 2-day tech card is $40. Buybacks are $20.

Double entries are permitted; round money not paid to “placed” cars. Gates open Thursday at 4:00 pm for parking. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am; Sunday at 8:30 am. For more information visit www.RockinghamDragway.com.

Jet Car Nationals at Luskville Dragway

Our friends up north at Luskville Dragway will turn up the heat on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14 with the Jet Car Nationals. In addition to the jets, there will be two big days of NHRA drag racing that includes Super Pro, Semi Pro, Jr. Dragster and Street ET. Saturday night will also feature a cruise that starts at 6:00 pm.

Gates open on Friday for parking, pitting and camping. On-site camping is available, and the track has full restaurant facilities and a full bar. Racing starts Saturday morning at 11:00 am.

Visit www.LuskvilleDragway.com for more information.

Mt. Park Dragway’s Ultimate Sixty-Four Shootout
Clay City, KY – The 10th Annual Ultimate Sixty-Four Shootout is coming up at Mt. Park Dragway on Friday – Sunday, June 12-14, 2015.

The Shootout is on Saturday and pays $50,000 Win, $10,000 Runner-Up, $3,000 Semis, $1,500 Quarters, $750 Eighths and $500 Sixteenths. Entry is $1,500, no buybacks.

There’s a lot more on the weekend’s schedule than The Shootout. Friday has a 64 Hi-Roller that pays $8,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters and $300 Eighths. Entry is $300, no buybacks. Sunday has The Ultimate Gambler’s 32 that pays $8,000 Win, $1,500 Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $500 Quarters. Entry is $500, no buybacks.

Also on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is an Ultimate $10K each day that pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $50 Round starting with 3rd Round Win. Single day entry is $150 or buy a 3-day entry for $350. Buybacks are $75. Payouts based on 150 entries per race.

Gates open Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Thursday at 8:00 am for parking. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 7:00 am, Sunday at 8:00 am. Visit www.mpdragway.com.

Wrap-Up: Matt Gill Makes It Two Years In A Row at Maple Grove LODRS
MOHNTON, PA - Winning your class once in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is tough enough. But winning it two years straight? That's exactly what Matt Gill of Brockton, MA did when he won top honors in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Gill's '08 Mustang ran a 5.838 ET at 254.14 mph to best DJ Cox (Whiteford, MD) in his '11 Monte Carlo, who ran a 8.236 at 153.58.

Meanwhile, Top Alcohol Dragster saw Duane Shields of Boulder City, NV win the class with a commanding run of 5.274 at 274.33. Shields and his '13 Hadman won out over Jeff Veale of Stoney Creek, ON who ran his '04 McKinney to a 14.821 at 58.33.

Over in Top Dragster, it was Michael Esposito (Maspeth, NY) winning over Steve Cohen (Trilby, FL). Esposito ran a 6.832 ET with a 197.77 mph compared to Cohen's 6.659 ET at 192.88 mph. It was Cohen's reaction time of .008 that secured the victory.


Results - Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series presented by Penske Truck Leasing

Top Alcohol Dragster: Duane Shields, '13 Hadman, .057 reaction time, 5.274 ET, 274.33 mph defeated Jeff Veale, '04 McKinney, .038 reaction time, 14.821 ET, 58.33 mph

Top Alcohol Funny Car: Matt Gill, '08 Mustang, .064 reaction time, 5.838 ET, 254.14 mph defeated DJ Cox, '11 Monte Carlo, .022 reaction time, 8.236 ET, 153.58

Top Dragster: Michael Esposito, '15 Spitzer, .008 reaction time, 6.832 ET, 197.77 mph defeated Steve Cohen, '11 Miller, .031 reaction time, 6.659 ET, 192.88 mph

Top Sportsman: Ryan Ondrejko, '12 Camaro, .010 reaction time, 6.746 ET, 200.32 mph defeated Robert Bauer, '14 GXP, .045 reaction time, 7.205 ET, 189.79 mph

Competition Eliminator: Don Eckel, '09 ProStart, .026 reaction time, 7.026 ET, 192.71 mph defeated Frank Aragona, '05 Ken Keir, .099 reaction time, 8.059 ET, 164.11 mph

Super Stock: Jeff Roell, '10 Mustang, .025 reaction time, 9.430 ET, 130.20 mph defeated Mark Alvey, '87 Camaro, .071 reaction time, 9.930 ET, 126.73 mph

Stock Eliminator: James Daniels, '85 Camaro, .044, 11.268, 116.18 defeated Todd Bednaz, '68 Camaro, -.023, 10.468, 123.77

Super Comp: Nicholas Pierson, '01 Quay, .000, 8.928, 155.88, defeated Kenneth Moses, '12 American, .034, 8.902, 173.49

Super Gas: Jon Pellican, '13 Spitzer, .014, 9.894, 153.33, defeated Matt Schurman, '96 Beretta, .021, 9.882, 165.70

Super Street: Mark Proulx, '65 Comet, .012, 10.914, 121.23, defeated Kelli Barbato, '68 Camaro, .033, 10.907, 144.44

Pro Stock Sled: Brian Werner, '01 Yamaha, .083 reaction time, 8.410 ET, 151.19 mph defeated Tina Duncanson, '10 Mach Z, .153 reaction time, 11.468 ET, 83.87 mph

Text: Robert Armbruster / Maple Grove Raceway. Photos: The Dragtime News.

American DRAGCAR News: StreetCar Showdown Added; Shelly Wins in 3rd Consecutive Final
Our friends at The American DRAGCAR Series have announced the addition of an "Outlaw" styled StreetCar Showdown program to its Season IV schedules at Wild Horse Pass and Southwestern International Raceway. According to the announcement, "There will be 3 classes virtually limited only by tire size; Pro Bantamweight is basically a combined 235 drag radial and 8.5 class. Pro Welterweight is somewhat close to a 275 drag radial class allowing for 10" slicks. Pro Heavyweight is essentially a combined Drag Radial/True 10.5 slick class. These are all-out heads-up classes not running on an index or having a breakout. They will be run on an 1/8th mile with an "Instant Green" start.

There are three StreetCar Showdown races being added to the 2015 DRAGCAR schedule: May 30th @ WildHorse Pass in Chandler, AZ; September 5th @ WildHorse Pass in Chandler, AZ and November 8th @ Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, AZ.


American DRAGCAR's Race #3 of the AZ Differential Specialists Central State Championship Series on Saturday, May 2nd at Wild Horse Pass started off the night racing season.

A special event was set to take place at this race during qualifying which involved a DragCar formulated index match race between Jeff Sefranek’s XP/D1 11.20 indexed Mustang and Willie Wray’s MS/C2 10.30 indexed Camaro. These two were the quickest DragCar Eliminator qualifiers at the CSCS Race #2 only a hundredth apart from each other so this match race was planned as an introduction to the DragCar Eliminator truly all-out format.

As it turned out, the match was less than spectacular as Willie Wray drew the red-light in the first 2-rounds awarding Sefranek with the match win and the $25 per round prize money. But it’s not to say that it was not a good match-up. In fact, it was to be an awesome match as in the first round, Sefranek ran an 11.02 on his 11.20 formulated index while Wray ripped off a 10.11 on his 10.30, one hundredth of a second better than Jeff. But in round 2, Willie's car went quiet at halftrack as he lifted due to what he thought was a persistent tire shake. As it turned out, it was a broken crank that was rattling his cage so Wray was done for the night. Continued HERE...

IDBL Summer Nationals at Maryland International Raceway
The International Drag Bike League presents the 29th Annual Summer Nationals at Maryland International Raceway on Friday – Sunday, May 29-31, 2015.

The event will feature Pro Street, Real Street, 4.60 index, 5.60 Index, Crazy 8s, Top Sportsman, Pro E.T., Street E.T., and Grudge. There’ll also be a huge vendor midway full of motorcycle parts, apparel, and accessories.

Pro Street entry fee is $200, Real Street entry fee is $150, 4.60 Index entry fee is $150, 5.60 Index entry fee is $75, Crazy 8s racer entry fee is $50, Pro E.T. racer entry fee is 1-day $70 or 2-day $120, Street E.T. entry fee is 1-day $50 or 2-day $80, Grudge entry fee is $50 per day.

On Friday the gates open at 9:00 am with an Early Bird Test Session from 10am-5pm for $100 per bike. Friday evening there will be Test & Tune from 6:30pm - 11pm for $25 per bike. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am. Top Sportsman, Pro ET, Street ET, Crazy 8s, and 5.60 Index will start qualifying at 9am. 4.60 Index, Pro Street, Real Street, and Grudge will run at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm. Pro E.T. and Street E.T. eliminations will start on Saturday at 2pm. On Sunday the gates open at 8:00 am, and the church service will start at 8:30am. Top Sportsman, Pro E.T., Street E.T., Crazy 8s, and 5.60 Index will get one time run at 9am so be sure to arrive early. Eliminations for pro classes will start at 11:30am, and 12noon for sportsman classes.

Visit www.RaceMDIR.com for more information.

IHRA Pro-Am Tour Doubleheader June 5-7 at State Capitol Raceway

The IHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour Presented By AMSOIL will host a double event on the weekend of June 5-7 at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge.

State Capitol Raceway’s gates will open on Friday, June 5, at noon, with tech inspection from 3-9 p.m. Test ‘n’ Tune will be conducted from 5-10 p.m. On Saturday, June 6, gates will open at 7:30 for racers and tech inspection begins at 8 a.m. Two rounds of time trials will begin at 10 a.m., followed by Pro-Am eliminations. Racer gates will open Sunday, June 7, at 8 a.m. The single round of qualifying is slated for 9 a.m.

State Capitol Raceway is located at 11436 Highway 190 West in Port Allen, Louisiana. Elevation is 26 feet. For more information, visit www.StateCapitolRaceway.com.

Luskville Dragway's Season Open Winners

Congratulations to Luskville Dragway's Season Opener $1,500 Winners: Kyle Jessup in Super Pro and Mike Reynolds in Semi-Pro.

Dragtime News Video: Jerry MacNeish's Stick-Shifted D/S Camaro
Ultimate Sportsman Weekend at Montgomery Raceway Park
Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Raceway Park hosts a big event Friday – Sunday, June 5 – 7, 2015 for NHRA Division 2 Sportsman racers at the LODRS Ultimate Sportsman Weekend. Classes include Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Competition Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Super Stock and Stock Eliminator and 11.0 Index.

What makes this LODRS event unique are the Ultimate Sportsman Shootout races for Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street and Super Stock/Stock Combo; each class features a $5,000 payout.

Entry fees are $100 for Test & Tune, $160 Car & Driver, $100 Ultimate Sportsman Shootout and $125 for 11.0 Index.

Gates open Thursday, June 4 at noon for parking and a Test & Tune. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am with time trials at 9:00 am. Eliminations begin on Saturday; gates open Sunday at 9:30 am with eliminations continuing.

Visit www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com for more info.

Race 4 Ronald’s House at Maple Grove Raceway

Mohnton, PA - Attention racers in the vicinity of Maple Grove Raceway: keep Saturday, June 6th open to bring yourself, your race car and hopefully even a non-racer friend and their street car to the track to experience what it’s like to race down the quarter-mile while helping a good cause at the same time. The Race 4 Ronald’s House returns to The Grove with its own dedicated day this year. All entry fee proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

Classes include RM1 (beginners in street cars 11.50 ET and slower. Bracket rules apply; no electronics), RM2 (experienced racers in street cars or bracket cars 7.50 ET and slower. Must have proper safety equipment), Motorcycle and a Gambler’s race ($1,000 purse, must be entered in RM1, RM2 or Motorcycle to join).

Entry fee is $65 regardless of class. Gambler’s Race is $20 additional. Gates open at 8:00 am, time runs start at 9:00 am and eliminations start at 1:00 pm. For any additional information, contact Denny Parisan at denny.parisan@countycorvette.com.

In The Paging Lanes: Numidia Dragway Profiled in Performance Racing Industry Magazine

Very happy that our friends at Numidia Dragway are profiled in the May 2015 issue of Performance Racing Industry magazine! The article talks with owner Bob DiMino about his vision for the track when he purchased it ten years ago and the many improvements and upgrades he's done since, making it one of the top destinations for hard-core bracket racers in the entire Northeast. I'm also proud that PRI used our Dragtime News On Location photos from a past Numidia event for the article. Read the entire issue on PRI's website HERE.

Robertson Grabs the Wally at Indy
After a long harsh Michigan winter, Todd Robertson and his ProPower Motorsports team were able to blow out the cob webs and win their first NHRA regional meet at Indianapolis. “I couldn’t think of a better way to shake off the winter blues than a win during the Spectacle of Speed here at Lucas Oil Raceway Park” stated long time crew man Ed Youness.

In the first qualifying round of Top Alcohol Funny Car, the Eaton-sponsored team ran a 5.65 @ 255. This landed them in the Number 3 qualifying position, which they were able to maintain after two additional qualifying sessions. “We looked at the data from our runner-up pass at the US Nationals last year, and the conditions and track were similar so we went with it and it paid off,” said Team Engineer Jeff Sawruk.

1st round paired Robertson's ProPower’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo against Ray Drew's Mustang. Robertson got the hole shot with a 0.021 light to Drew's 0.030 light and held on for the win. 2nd round paired Robertson against Number 2 qualifier Andy Bohl. Robertson moved first and took the win as Bohl fought to stay straight. The Final was then set up to be a battle between Robertson and Paul Noakes' Mustang. Noakes had qualified number four and defeated Chris Foster and number one qualifier Jonnie Lindberg in route to the final, but his Mustang lost traction early in the run, handing the win to Robertson.

Texas' Redline Raceway Joins IHRA, Reopening Targeted For June 1
The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) has announced Redline Raceway in Caddo Mills, TX (east of Dallas) has signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement to join the IHRA as a member track.

The 1/8-mile track is undergoing extensive improvements. “We’re pouring a lot of concrete today,” said Redline Raceway owner Mike Adcock. “We’re replacing the walls and the concrete on the track. We’re replacing the shutdown area. The road coming in to the race track is about 500 yards of concrete by itself. We’ll have new Accutime LED scoreboards. We’re building a new ET house and putting in new scales. There are a lot of different things happening at one time here.”

“I bought the track last March and it was in really poor shape. The season already was under way so I let the year finish up. That whole year I knew what I was going to do. I have a budget of $750,000 this time. We’re shooting for June 1 as our opening date.”

Redline Raceway is located at 5326 FM 1565 South, Caddo Mills, Texas. For more information visit www.RedlineRaceway.com.

Door Slammer Series at Atco Dragway
Atco Dragway’s Doorslammer Series continues on Saturday, June 6, 2015. This is for doorslammers that dial between 6.50 and 11.99 in the quarter-mile. The payout is $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $45 Round starting with 3rd Round lose. Payouts based on 40 cars. Entry is $80, buybacks are $40. Double entries are allowed. Gates open at 9:00 am.

The Door Slammer Series culminates with the Door Slammer Finals on Saturday, October 24th. Payout is $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis and $75 Round starting with 3rd Round lose. Payouts based on 80 cars. Entry is $135, buybacks are $80.

For more information visit www.Atco-Dragway.com.

Dragtime News On Location: Mid Atlantic .90 and East Coast S/SS at Atco Dragway

We were on location at Atco Dragway on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for the first race of the season of The Mid Atlantic .90 Association and the East Coast Stock/Super Stock Association. It was a perfect day for racing and the competition was tight. The Mid Atlantic .90 Association is for 8.90 Super Comp, 9.90 Super Gas and 10.90 Super Street. The East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association is for NHRA-legal Stockers and Super Stockers. Part II is now up HERE, or start with Part I HERE.


Mid Atlantic .90 Association - Weekend Wrap-Up

On Saturday, May 2, Jay Neville (Super Street), Brenda Hunter (Super Gas) and Kevin Scholl (Super Comp) claimed victory and on Sunday Keith Mayers (Super Street), George Stack (Super Gas) and Jeff Livezey Sr. (Super Comp) added their names to the 2015 winners list.

On Saturday Franklinville, NJ resident Jay Neville took his 79 Camaro to victory over 2014 Champ Keith Mayers. Neville took the advantage at the tree (.016 vs. .027) and lead all the way down the strip for a 10.935 to 10.942 victory. In Super Gas, York, PA resident Brenda Hunter took her 63 Corvette to victory over Bob Keister's Nova Wagon. Keister gave it away on the starting line as he went -.003 red and Hunter ran it out to a 9.858 victory. In Super Comp Kevin Scholl claimed victory for the late Scott Weney as he took his S&W Dragster to victory over Matt Schapiro. In a thrilling final both drivers were on their games as Scholl took a (.015 to .016) lead at the start and won by three-thousandths 8.907 to 8.909.

On Sunday event number 2 of the ten race series was held. In Super Street Mayers out of Salisbury, Md was looking to redeem his runner-up finish from event # 1. Mayers would take his 1985 Porsche to a (.021 to .058) advantage over Kelli Barbato and her 1968 Camaro and hold onto the victory with a 10.908 to 10.830 decision. In Super Gas George Stack came back from a nine year hiatus to claim victory over 2014 Champ Matt Schurman. Stack took a (.015 to .025) advantage at the line and parlayed that into a 9.907 to 9.905 holes hot victory. In Super Comp Philadelphia, Pa runner Jeff Livezey Sr. climbed back into the seat after some time off and took home the victory over Ash Senft. Livezey Sr. took a (.021 to .043) advantage over Senft and claimed the victory with a 8.920 to 8.894 result

East Coast Stock/Super Stock Association - Weekend Wrap-Up

Final round, Saturday, May 2:
Win: Bud McNasby 1989 Camaro K/SA (12.05) .029 12.088 @ 99.61
Runner-Up: Kent Hanley 1994 Cavalier GT/BA (9.44) .167 9.438 @ 136.47

Semi Finalist :Jerry Noonan 2015 COPO FS/C Camaro

Final round, Sunday, May 3:
Win: Lincoln Morehead 1990 GT/FA Camaro (10.05) .024 10.052 @ 120.41
Runner-Up: Lee Zane 1969 H/SA Camaro (11.32) .013 11.305 @ 113.35

Semi Finalist : Richard Preiser 1967 SS/AS Mustang

(Wrap-up photos: Rob Keister)

Improvements at Cordova International Raceway
The next event on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule is the May 29-30 Summer Nationals at Cordova International Raceway in Cordova, Illinois and major improvements are under way at CIR as the facility prepares for the event.

Milling has begun on the quarter-mile drag strip, and paving, orchestrated by General Asphalt Construction of Davenport, Iowa, is scheduled for Wednesday. The shutdown area and return road also are scheduled for resurfacing.

“It’s been a number of years since the track has been repaved and the new surface is likely to provide the opportunity for record-breaking runs,” said CIR General Manager Bobbi Jo Cox. “We’re also doing cosmetic work and painting to many of our buildings.” The old wooden bleachers are giving way to a new, 2,000-seat aluminum grandstand.

Cordova International Raceway is located at 19425 IL Rt. 84 N, Cordova, Illinois. For more information visit www.cordovadrag.com.

Memorial Weekend Shootout at Numidia Dragway
Numidia Dragway’s 10th Annual Memorial Weekend Shootout is coming up Saturday – Monday, May 23rd – 25th 2015. Each day features a $5K-To-Win Super Pro race and a $3K-To-Win Pro race. $5K entry fees are $150 per day; buybacks are $90 per day. $3K entry fees are $90 per day; buybacks are $60 per day.

Numidia Dragway is "Home of the Guaranteed Payout.” These races will be door cars vs. door cars / dragsters vs. dragsters to the ladder round. Win 2nd round and get paid. There’ll also be 1/8th Mile High Rollers in Super Pro, Footbrake open to first 16 cars to enter. Call Vinny @ 570-351-5300 to sign up.

Rules: 2 drivers may enter the same car, but 1 driver cannot enter the same car twice in the same class, 1 driver may enter 2 different cars. All buybacks run each other with winner advancing to round 2. All payouts are guaranteed. Door cars and dragsters separate to the ladder round, 1 bye run per round (in the case of uneven amount of door cars, last door car runs first dragster). Door cars and dragster separate in buybacks, winning door cars can run door cars in round 2. Ladders will be generated at 16 cars or less. A new ladder will be generated each round. Best reaction time from the previous round will be #1 on the ladder and will receive bye if uneven amount of cars. Only 1 earned bye per race. Bye runs do not carry over. Any questions regarding tech or rules contact Vinny @ 570-351-5300.

Schedule: Friday is open for parking all day. Saturday gates open at 10:00 am, open time runs from 11:00 am-1:30 pm, final time session 2:00 pm. Eliminations to follow. High Roller Races after Main Event. Sunday gates open at 9:00 am. Open time runs 10:00 am – noon. Final time session 12:30 pm. Eliminations to follow. Monday gates open at 8:00 am; one time trial at 10:00 am. Eliminations to follow

For more information visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.

“Big John” Memorial Bracket Nationals at Rockingham Dragway
Rockingham, NC - Rockingham Dragway presents its "Big John" Memorial Weekend Bracket Nationals on Friday May 22nd – Monday May 25th, 2015 with big money races for Top ET, Mod/Sportsman, and Jr. Dragster.

SATURDAY, MAY 23rd and MONDAY, MAY 25th: Top ET pays $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, and $50 Round after 3rd Round win. Jr. Dragster pays $500 Win, $150 Runner-Up, $50 Semis, and $25 Quarters. SUNDAY MAY 25th: Top ET PAYS $7,500 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $100 Round after 3rd Round win. Jr. Dragster pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, and $50 Quarters. ALL DAYS: Mod/Sportsman pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis, $50 Quarters, and $25 Eighths. Also, the dialy Top ET and Mod/Sportsman winners will run-off to win an NHRA Wally.

ENTRY FEES: Top ET is $100 each on Saturday and Monday, with $50 buy backs 1st or 2nd round. Top ET is $200 on Sunday, with $100 buy backs 1st or 2nd round. Enter the weekend for $300. Mod/Sportsman is free entry all weekend, with $30 buy backs 1st or 2nd round each day. Jr. Dragster weekend entry is $100, with $25 buy backs on Saturday and Monday, and $50 buy backs on Sunday.

SCHEDULE: Gates open 3:00 pm on Friday for a Test & Tune beginning at 5:00 pm. Gates open 8:00 am Saturday – Monday. For more information visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.

Summer Series Shootout at Atco Dragway

Atco Dragway’s Summer Series Shootout is coming up Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 22nd – Sunday May 24th, 2015. These quarter-mile gambler’s races are for dials of 6.50 – 12.99. Electronics OK. No double-entries.

The payouts for Friday’s and Sunday’s races are $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $800 Semis, $400 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $75 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $150 per day, buybacks are $95. Saturday’s race pays $10,000 Win, $3,000 Runner-Up, $1,000 Semis, $500 Quarters (if 8 round race) and $100 Round starting with 3rd Round loser. Entry is $200, buybacks are $125.

Gates open Friday at 11:00 am with time trials at 1:00 pm. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. For more information visit www.Atco-Dragway.com.

Memorial Classic at Mt. Park Dragway
Clay City, KY - Racers in the vicinity of Mt. Park Dragway should put the track’s Memorial Classic on their calendars for Friday – Sunday, May 22nd – 24th, 2015. The Memorial Classic is three days of 1/8th-mile big bucks racing for Top ET (delay box) and Modified ET (no delay box).

Saturday’s and Sunday’s Top ET races each pay $5,000 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $150 Quarters and $80 Eighths. Entry for either day is $100, or buy a 2-day entry for $180. Buybacks are $50. Payouts based on 75 cars.

Saturday’s and Sunday’s Modified ET races each pay $1,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, $160 Semis and $80 Quarters. Entry for either day is $50, or buy a 2-day entry for $90. Buybacks are $30. Payouts based on 35 cars.

There’ll also be 32 Car Shootouts on Saturday and Sunday as well as Heads-Up Fast 4s. Gates open Friday at 4:00 pm, with a Box/No Box Gambler’s Race at 9:00 pm. Gates open Saturday at 10:00 am with time runs at noon, gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with time runs at 11:00 am. For more info visit www.MPDragway.com.

Quick 8 Pro Mods and Stick Shift Nationals at Farmington Dragway
Mocksville, NC - Farmington Dragway has two big events in a single day on Saturday May 23rd, 2015: the 2015 Quick 8 Pro Mod Reunion & Race and The Stick Shift Nationals.

The Quick 8 Pro Mod is ‘run whatcha brung,’ nitrous, blower, turbo, or all motor, while the Stick Shift Nationals will showcase the best stick-shift racers around. There’ll also be races for Top ET, Footbrake, Street ET and Jr. Dragsters.

Gates open at 8:00 am with time runs at 11:00 am, Quick 8 Qualifying at 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm and first round at 5:00 pm. Visit www.farmingtondragway.com for more info.

Wrap-Up: Pro Mod Showdown In The Swamp

Jupiter, FL - The weather at Palm Beach International Raceway was perfect for the recent Pro Mod Showdown. Temperatures ranged from low in the 70s and highs in the 80s, with little to no humidity. During the weekend's race several teams had mechanical failures sending them to the haulers quicker then expected. Only one foul took place in any of the classes during the final round, yielding head to head action for the wins.

In Pro Mod qualifying it was Rubin Tetsoshvili of Wesley Chapel, Fla. taking the No. 1 position with a pass of 3.986, 196.53 mph. In Round 1 of eliminations Tetsoshvili got a bye run advancing him onto the semi finals where he faced Todd Abrams of West Palm Beach, Fla. Tesoshvili again got the win light moving him into a final. John Benoit from Montpelier, Vt. faced off against Port St. Lucie, Fla. native, Mike Iania during the semi finals. Unfortunately for Iania his '68 Chevy Camaro broke giving Benoit victory. During the final, Tetsoshvili ran a 4.327, 141.31 mph but it was Benoit taking the win light after running 4.259, 177.07 mph.

In X632 qualifying, it was Jeff Ensslin of Lakeland, Fla. driving his '37 Chevy "Still Doin Time" to the top spot with the low ET of 4.461, 157.85 mph. Ensslin was later knocked out during the semi finals by Greg "Racin" Cason from Lexington, Ky. During the finals, Cason faced off against Jason Juday of Lutz, Fla. Close start off the line from both drivers, Cason with a .108 RT to that of Juday's .079 RT. At the top end of the 660 is was Juday taking victory with a pass of 4.524, 156.15 mph to that of Cason at 4.540, 159.99 mph.

Round 1 of Outlaw 632 eliminations started off with a single run for the No. 1 qualifier Troy Blake from West Palm Beach, Fla. Blake took his '69 Camaro to the finals facing off against Royal Palm Beach, Fla. native Heather Carter. Blake took victory running a 4.542, 160.06 mph to Carter's 4.929, 127.10 mph.

In the Ultra Street class it was the '79 Malibu Wagon of Eric Kenward from Vero Beach, Fla. with a dominating performance. In qualifying, Kenward ran 5.050, 139.6 mph to take the top spot. For the finals Kenward faced up against Ari Birchfield from Hollywood, Fla. Birchfield beat Kenward on the reaction time but at the top end it was Kenward laying down a 5.065, 139.62 mph pass to take the victory.

The 5.50 Index class yielded close times with all the racers running near that 5.50 mark. Scott Kervern from Boynton Beach, Fla. proved to be closest to the number throughout all three rounds. Kerven ran a 5.515, 124.20 mph in round 1 and 5.519, 123.56 mph during round two. In the finals Kervern faced off against Wade Gullet from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Gullett red lighted at the tree giving the victory to Kernern who ran a 5.524, 124.22 mph.

Holcomb Motorsports Outlaw Spring Nationals at Mooresville Dragway
Mooresville, NC - Mooresville Dragway welcomes the Inaugural Holcomb Motorsports Outlaw Spring Nationals Friday - Sunday, May 15th- 17th, 2015. Classes include Outlaw 275 ($5,000 Win), No Time/Grudge Shootout ($5,000 Win), X275 ($4,000 Win), True Street ($3,000 Win), SSCA Pure Street ($1,200 Win), 4.70 Outlaws ($3,000 Win), 6.0 and 7.0 Index classes ($1,200.00 win), Pro Tree Doorslammers ($1,500.00 Win Saturday / $1,000 Win Sunday), and Footbrake ($1000 Win on Saturday and Sunday).

The action gets started on Friday with a Test N Tune session until 6:00 pm, then 1st Round of Qualifying for the Heads Up classes plus a Pro Tree Gamblers race with 80 % payback. The event will also feature a Vendor Row as well as a huge Swap Meet and Car Corral area.

For more info go to www.holcombmotorsports.com or Mooresvilledragway.com.

Wrap-Up: Super Chevy at Southwestern International Raceway
Tucson, AZ - Southwestern International Raceway™ (SWIR) welcomed the return of the Super Chevy Show on May 2nd-3rd as thousands of people gathered for the two-day event. The event was highlighted by bracket racing, a car show, swap meet, vendor midway and a pro show that featured funny cars and jet cars.

Local racers came out for a chance to take home a coveted Super Chevy Show trophy and prize money after the event had been absent from the schedule for a decade. The bracket racing action was fierce, with Super Pro/Box, Pro/No Box classes and a street class. Brian Lopez from Tucson, Ariz. took the win from Robert Hall in the Super Pro/Box class when he ran a 10.007 second pass at 134.35 mph. Chuck Sorrensen was the winner in the Pro/No Box class on Sunday when he defeated Ken Passerby with an 11.213 second pass at 104.09 mph. Lastly, Dennis Ward went up against Jim Peterson in the Street class final round. Ward landed in the winner's circle with a 17.094 second run at 80.86 mph.

In addition, the California Independent Funny Car Association joined the action with nine full-blown alcohol Funny Cars. It came down to Ron Ward and Andy Mears in the final round with Ward walking away victorious. This marked his first victory for Urban Legend Racing running a 7.606 second pass at 181.11 mph with a .034 reaction time.

Participants in the car show had multiple opportunities to shine as Super Chevy Magazine and a TV crew were on site to capture the return of the event at SWIR. Three individuals were presented with Producers Awards - Nancy Camp won the "OPGI" Original Award, Dean Newman won the Duracell "Crank it with the CopperTop" Award and Trish Williams won the RockAuto "Restored" Award. Super Chevy Magazine handed out 10 Editor's Picks and the winners included - Spud Hester, Claudia Jierson, Ron Greulich, Bill Myers, David Elmer, Kevin Murray, Alan Mitchell, William Adams, Ted Dorman and Herb and Diana Santa Maria. For complete car show results, click here

"We enjoyed hosting the Super Chevy Show again at Southwestern International Raceway," stated Charlie Harmon, GM of SWIR. "The show is so rich in history and it was great to have it back at our facility. Everyone had a great time and this event is something we'd like to see return here for many years to come."

For more information about upcoming events at SWIR, visit www.RaceSWIR.com.
New on Readers' Rides: Mark Ballard's Blown 1958 Chevrolet Delray Wagon

One of the things that I love so much about grass-roots racing is the unique varieties of cars that racers build for competition, and this one of the most unique I’ve seen: the blown 1958 Chevrolet Delray 2-door wagon of Mark Ballard.

Mark, from Tucson AZ, is an Aircraft Maintenance Manager for Universal Avionics and races the Delray with the American DRAGCAR Series as well in No Box, Pro and Nostalgia events in the Southwest...

Continued on the Readers' Ride page...

Central Texas Buick Nationals at The River
Holland, TX – Attention to our Buick-racing friends in the Southwest: Little River Dragway and The Lone Star Performance Buick Club present the Central Texas Buick Nationals on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Entry fees are $10 for a tech card and another $10 if you want to enter the Gambler’s race. Sorry, no info about classes or payouts.

Gates open at 12:00 noon with time trials at 1:00 pm and eliminations at 5:00 pm. For more information, visit www.LittleRiverDragway.com.

ATI Performance Products Racer Appreciation Day at Maple Grove Raceway
The 2015 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail ET Bracket Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway kicks off Saturday May 9th. As part of the opener, the ATI Performance Products Racer Appreciation Day will be part of the action, where all entrants will race for increased cash purses guaranteed by ATI Performance Products with no increase in entry fees.

Super Pro will pay $2,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $60 Round starting 3rd Round. Super Pro entry is $75. Pro ET will pay $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up and $40 Round starting with 3rd Round. Pro entry is $55. Street ET will pay $500 Win, $175 Runner-Up and $30 Round starting 3rd Round. Street entry is $40. Top Bike will pay $500 Win, $125 Runner-Up and $40 Round starting 3rd Round. Top Bike entry is $45.

The 11.50 Index Class will take place during Racer Appreciation Day to determine the two Maple Grove Raceway entrants for the eight car showcase during the Toyota Summer Nationals at Old Bridge Raceway Park in New Jersey, June 4-7.

Gates for the ATI Performance Racer Appreciation Day open at 8:00 am, with time trials beginning at 9:00 am. Eliminations will follow 2 time trials. For more information visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.

PBIR’s Summit Super Series on Saturday, May 9
Palm Beach International Raceway’s ET Bracket program on Saturday May 9th will include Quick 16 Door Car and Quick 16 Dragster.

Quick 16 Door Car and Quick 16 Dragster are separate eliminators; each pays $1,100 Win, $400 Runner-Up and $150 Semis. Tech Card $125; complete 16-car field required for full payout.

Also on the program are Top ET (Box), Super ET (No Box), Street Bike and Jr. Dragster. Top Eliminator pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $50, buybacks are $25. Super ET pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $40, buybacks are $20. Street Bike pays 50% Win, 25% Runner-Up. Entry is $30, buybacks are $15. Jr. Dragster pays $150 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $25 Semis. Entry is $20, buybacks are $10.

Gates open at 3:00 pm, time runs start at 5:00 pm. For more information visit www.RacePBIR.com.

Checking In With Florida Nitro FC Racer Michael Harrigan
Our friend Michael Harrigan of Wildcard Racing in Florida checked in with The Dragtime News to give an update on his Duster-bodied Nitro Funny Car. Michael writes, “We finally got the body done the week before Nitro Jam at Palm Beach International Raceway. We made it to the race but gremlins kept us from making it to either qualifying session. The fuel shut-off had a bad O-ring, then the timing wasn't right and when we were warming up for Q2 a rear caliper broke.”

Being an experienced racer, Michael knows the first time out can uncover issues that need to be addressed so he kept a positive attitude by saying “had the caliper broke on track, then that would have been really bad. There’s always next time.” Michael and Wildcard Racing are looking forward to racing at the Maryland and Tennessee Nitro Jams, and thanks the sponsors Aeromotive, Florida Brake and Truck Parts, SG Fabrications and Paul Richards Racing.

Gulfport Dragway’s May 9th Double-Hitter
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 will be the Double-Hitter at Gulfport Dragway for the track’s ET bracket racers. With two races in one day for Pro Electronics and Pro Footbrake, you’ll have double the chances while getting some early-season seat-time.

Each class pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40; buybacks are $20. There’ll also be a single Jr. Dragster race in the morning that pays $150 Win, $60 Runner-Up, $40 Semis and $20 Quarters. Entry is $20; buybacks are $10.00.

Time trials start at 9:00 am with eliminations immediately following. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com for more information.

Mopars Down at The Farm
The 30th Annual Piedmont Mopar’s Fun Run is coming up on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at Farmington Dragway.

The event includes a swap meet, a judged car show, a car corral and, of course, drag racing on the Farmington 1/8-mile strip. Classes include Top ET, Footbrake and Street.

Top ET (0.00 – 7.99 dials, electronics OK) pays $600 Win, $200 Runner-Up and $75 Semis. Entry is $25, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $20. Footbrake (all run, no electronics) pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry is $25, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $20. Street pays trophies to the winner, runner-up and semis. Entry is $10, 1st and 2nd Round buybacks are $5.

Gates open at 8:00 am, time trials at 10:30 am and eliminations start at 3:00 pm. For more information visit www.FarmingtonDragway.com.

What Jack Beckman Thinks About John Force

I was recently invited to participate in a media conference call with John Force Racing. Although I was not able to attend, I was sent a transcript of the call after it was completed. Prior to the start of John Force's Q&A session, Funny Car driver Jack Beckman was asked about his personal highlight of the season. He offered some thoughts on John Force. I felt this was a great quote that sums up how Force is viewed through the eyes of his competitors:

"I want to say one more thing. I know John Force doesn't like to get his back patted here. But I wish sometime, and you have to ask his brother Walker, because John will never take credit for this, if you asked him to briefly list some of the stuff, it would take four hours to do, the things that John does for fans and other racers, and never wants any credit for that. I also got to say this. Maybe one of the highlights of my career, it's something I can't wait to tell my grandkids, is that I got to race against John Force. In baseball, you have a pretty limited career because of your physical capabilities. In drag racing, guys like (indiscernible) has proved that if you take care of your eyes you can stay in a car till an advanced age. At 65, John is still the toughest Funny Car driver out there. There's no question in my mind there's a little bit extra when John Force is in the other lane. Because you can compete at different ages in this sport, it would be like a Little League player getting to grow up and play against Babe Ruth. John, I want you to know how much it means to so many of the other racers out there that you're still coming out and fighting the fight, doing the things you're doing." - Jack Beckman. (photo: Gary Nastase)
The War Of The World at Montgomery Raceway Park
If you’re in the vicinity of Montgomery, AL and love grudge racing, then get to Montgomery Raceway Park on Saturday, May 9th for the War Of The World: The Dirty South Outlaws vs. The New No Limit. There’ll be $100,000 worth of all-out grudge racing on the line.

There’ll also be 6.0 and 7.0 Index racing. 6.0 Index pays $1,200 with a 10-car minimum. 7.0 Index pays $1,000 with a 10-car minimum. Each class has a $40 entry.

Gates open at 12:00 noon. For more information visit www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com.

Mid Atlantic .90 Association Kicks Off 2015 Season at Atco Dragway on May 2 & 3
The Mid Atlantic .90 Association gets its 2015 season underway Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3 at Atco Dragway in Atco, NJ. The series will once again consist of 10 races on 5 weekends ranging from tracks including Atco Dragway, Maple Grove Raceway and Cecil County Dragway. As always the series will consist of the three Super classes: Super Comp (8.90), Super Gas (9.90) and Super Street (10.90).

The Atco race is the 2nd Annual Spring Kick-Off. After taking a weekend off for Mother's Day the series then travels to Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA for the 6th Annual Sportsman Circuit Shootout. This will be a great warm-up for those attending the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Maple Grove the following weekend. After a two month break the series gets back into action at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, MD for the 22nd Annual Uncle Buck Memorial "Pig Roast" on July 11th & 12th.

On July 25th & 26th the series goes back to Atco for events # 7 & 8. Just like at Maple Grove this will be a great test and tune weekend for those who are planning on attending the Lucas Oil event at Atco the following weekend. The series will then close out the 2015 season back at Cecil County on August 29th & 30th for the Annual Season Finale & Championship Weekend.

In other Mid Atlantic .90 Associaition news, VP Racing Fuels in association with Road Runner Racing Fuels out of Mohnton, Pa have signed an agreement to become the title right sponsor of the Mid Atlantic .90 Association for the 2015 season. With this agreement of a title right sponsor this will allow the series to have guaranteed payouts for the complete 2015 season. President Rob Keister said "This series has been growing over the years and I feel this is a huge step for us to take that next step into the future." The Mid Atlantic .90 Association is a series that runs mostly on the Northeast and features the classes of Super Comp / Quick Rod (8.90), Super Gas / Super Rod (9.90) & Super Street / Hot Rod (10.90). They run at tracks such as Atco Dragway, Maple Grove Raceway & Cecil County Dragway.

For information on all three series please contact Rob Keister at Rekeister@aol.com. Info for all three series can be found at www.midatlantic90.com.

The 2015 Spring Fling at Thunder Valley
Bristol, TN - Racers, one of the biggest, baddest bracket races of the entire 2015 season in the entire country is just a few short weeks away. It’s the K&N 5-Day Spring Fling, and it’s coming to Thunder Valley, Bristol Dragway Tuesday – Sunday, May 12 -17, 2015.

This mega-money race features a $15K and three $20Ks! The $15K is on Wednesday and pays $15,000 Win, $3,500 Runner-Up, $1,200 Semis, $600 6th Round Win, $450 5th Round Win, $300 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Entry is $175.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday each feature a $20K race that pays $20,000 Win, $5,000 Runner-Up, $2,000 Semis, $800 6th Round Win, $600 5th Round Win, $400 4th Round Win and $200 3rd Round Win. Enter any single $20K for $250, or take advantage of the 3-Day Special: $650 gets you into all three $20Ks. 1st Round buybacks are $150. Buybacks are not guaranteed to happen; they are only if time permits.

All racing is in 1,000 feet. A car can only go down the track once per round; no sharing cars, no double-entering the same car, but one driver may drive two different cars.

Gates open Tuesday at 11:00 am for parking and tech. Gates open Wednesday at 7:00 am with a time run session at 8:30 am. Gates open Thursday at 7:00 am with a time run session at 8:00 am. Gates open Friday at 7:00 am with a time run session (time permitting) at 8:15 am. Gates open Sunday at 8:00 am.

For more information, visit www.BracketRaces.com.

Mountain Folk at Maryland International Raceway
Budds Creek, MD - The two-day Mountain Motor Nationals are coming up May 8-9, 2015 at Maryland International Raceway. Classes include supercharged, turbocharged and nitrous Pro Mods, stock-bodied, no wheelie bars Outlaw Drag Radial, X275 and Ultra Street.

The Mountain Motor Nationals also includes twin $5K races for Top ET that pay $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up and $750 Semis. The purse on this race also includes round money at $100 per round starting with 2nd round winners. Entry fee is $126 and buybacks are $80.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm; Top ET time trials start at 4:00 pm and eliminations start at 6:30 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Eliminations start at 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.racemdir.com.

Super Chevy at Southwestern International Raceway
Tucson, AZ - The Super Chevy Show is returning to Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) for the first time in over a decade on May 2 - 3, 2015. The prestigious two-day event will feature drag racing, a car show, swap meet, midway, an old-school display of nitro power funny cars, two jet cars and a free Revell Make N' Take activity for kids.

SWIR is the third stop on the 12-event series tour across the country and is the premier national event for all Chevrolet enthusiasts; offering something for everyone. The Super Chevy Show is widely considered the best brand-specific event in the country and is open to Chevy-bodied or powered cars, including all GM brands.

Bracket racing action will feature high-powered excitement with Super Pro/Box and Pro/No Box classes running on both days and also a street class, which requires DOT tires and mufflers. Also, participants and fans can shop the manufacturers' midway for the best in new Chevy aftermarket performance parts or the swap meet for those hard-to-find restoration pieces.

Drag Race Entry Fee
Weekend: Box/No Box $100.00 Car & Driver
Sun. Only: Box/No Box $100.00 Car & Driver
Weekend: Street ET $50.00 Car & Driver
Sun. Only: Street ET $25.00 Car & Driver

Buy Backs
Box/No Box - 1st round buy back $40.00
Street ET -1st round buy back $10.00

Drag Race Purse Payouts - BOX (Sunday)
$1000.00 1st - Box
$400.00 2nd - Box
$150.00 Semi's based on 16+ Cars
$ 75.00 1Z4 based on 20+ Cars

Drag Race Purse Payouts - NO BOX (Sunday)
$1000.00 1st - Box
$400.00 2nd - Box
$150.00 Semi's based on 16+ Cars
$ 75.00 1Z4 based on 20+ Cars

Drag Race Purse Payouts - STREET (Sunday)
1st Trophy
2nd Trophy

Saturday, May 2 and Sunday May 3 - Gates Open 9 a.m., Time Trials and Car Show Judging begin at 10 a.m., Gamblers Eliminations 1 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.RaceSWIR.com.

Wrap-Up: IHRA Nitro Jam Palm Beach Nationals
The annual IHRA Nitro Jam Palm Beach Nationals concluded on Sunday, April 25th 2015 at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida. Pro category winners included Florida’s Jimmy Keen (Pro Mod), Mike McIntire Jr. (Nitro Funny Car), John Montecalvo (Pro Stock), defending Nitro Harley champion Jay Turner and Marisha Falk (Jet Dragster).

Keen, of Parish, Florida, defeated Dina Parise in the first round Pro Mod eliminations, then topped Bill Lutz in the semi-final to face Bradenton Nitro Jam winner Isaias Rojas. Rojas’ 2006 Cobalt suffered mechanical failure at the starting line and Keen singled for the win.

John Montecalvo dispatched Kevin Bealko and Trevor Eman in order to face Matt Bertsch in the Pro Stock final. Montecalvo posted a slightly better reaction time and reached the finish line first at just over 222 miles per hour. Montecalvo traveled back to New York State after winning the Bradenton Nitro Jam to tend to his paving business and then flew to West Palm Beach for this weekend’s contest.

Jay Turner, IHRA’s 2014 Nitro Harley champion, defeated Bradenton bike winner Randal Andras in the first round. He took on Alvin Kobernusz in the semi-final and took out fellow North Carolinian Tracy Kile in the final round.

Marisha Falk scored her first Jet Dragster victory of the 2015 campaign over a five-car field.

PRO MOD - final round
Winner: Jimmy Keen (Parrish, Florida) 1963 Corvette .071 6.330 sec./166.37 mph
Runner-up: Isaias Rojas (San Juan, Puerto Rico) 2006 Cobalt broke

PRO STOCK - final round
Winner: John Montecalvo (Center Moriches, New York) 2014 Camaro .038 6.317 sec./222.91 mph
Runner-up: Matt Bertsch (Tecumseh, Michigan) 2007 Mustang .043 6.366 sec./220.30 mph

NITRO HARLEY - final round
Winner: Jay Turner (Julian, North Carolina) .059 6.926 201.07 mph
Runner-up: Tracy Kile (Asheville, North Carolina) .082 8.128 sec./200.53 mph

JET DRAGSTER - final round
Winner: Marisha Falk (Port Orange, Florida) .158 5.862 sec./272.61 mph
Runner-up: Elaine Larsen (West Melbourne, Florida) -.031 (foul) 5.876 sec./273.77 mph

NITRO FUNNY CAR - final round
Winner: Mike McIntire Jr. (Mentor, Ohio) 1970 Camaro “McAttack” .085 5.940 sec./108.33 mph
Runner-up: Mike Smith (Boynton Beach, Florida) 1975 Vega “Jungle Jim” .132 12.672 sec./64.57 mph

Spring Civil Wars at The Rock
Rockingham, NC - The Roush Yates Spring Civil Wars hits Rockingham Dragway May 1st – 3rd, 2015 for a weekend of outlaw racing action. Classes include Outlaw True Street Drags (new for 2015). This class will race on the ¼ mile using a .500 Pro tree. Cars must have true DOT street tires (10.5 max width), tags and mufflers. Win light only (no times will be shown). $500 Winner Take All + the winner gets a trophy. Single day entry is $25, or enter both days for $40. Also new for 2015 is the 4.70 Outlaw Top Sportsman class.

There’ll also be Pro Tree Doorslammers ($1,500 Win on Saturday, $1,000 Win on Sunday), Footbrake ($1,500 Win on Saturday, $2,000 Win on Sunday), Open Comp ($1,000 Win on both Saturday and Sunday), 5.30, 6.0 and 7.0 Index on Saturday and 6.0 / 7.0 Combo Index on Sunday (Sunday payout is $1,000 Win based on 32 cars).

For more info visit www.rockinghamdragway.com.

Wrap-Up: Sportsman Results From IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals

Final round results from the IHRA Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour sportsman categories at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, FL (including Driver, Hometown, Vehicle, Reaction Time, Dial-In, Elapsed Time And Top Speed):

Good Vibrations Top Sportsman
Winner: John Taylor (Naples, Florida) "1999 Haas Pro Stock" .006, 4.88, 4.929 @ 140.16
Runner-up: Bill Powell (Stuart, Florida) 2010 Cobalt .067, 4.83, 4.840 @ 143.03

Good Vibrations Top Dragster
Winner: Tim Butler (Sarasota, Florida) 2012 American .015, 4.90, 4.919 @ 139.23
Runner-up: Claude Debonis (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) 2008 Worthy .016, 4.70, 4.719 @ 143.42

Super Stock
Winner: Mark Nowicki (Holmes Beach, Florida) 1998 Avenger .035, 6.03, 6.017 @ 109.26
Runner-up: Jeff Adkinson (Damascus, Georgia) 2000 Firebird .032, 6.51, 6.483 @ 105.82

Stock
Winner: Kenneth Anderson (Lake Worth, Florida) Camaro .041, 8.00, 8.004 @ 83.31
Runner-up: Fred Rowntree (Parrish, Florida) 1968 Camaro -.132 (foul), 6.66, 6.673 @ 100.14

Quick Rod
Winner: John Brannen (Dunedin, Floida) 2010 Phamtom .005, 5.70, 5.726 @ 133.96
Runner-up: Mark Miles (Flintstone, Georgia) 2011 Mullis .028, 5.70, 5.682 @ 133.23

Super Rod
Winner: Carl Watts (Alabaster, Alabama) 1989 Cavalier .022, 6.40, 6.426 @ 122.23
Runner-up: Michael Ruff (Orlando, Florida) 1967 Camaro .016, 6.40, 6.450 @ 117.69

Hot Rod (Publisher's note: look at the numbers on this one!)
Winner: Keith Bowers (Palm Bay, Florida) 1967 Barracuda .010, 7.00, 7.041 @ 111.11
Runner-up: Mike Desio (Seminole, Florida) 1967 Nova .010, 7.00, 7.047 @ 109.91

No Box
Winner: Tim Butler (Sarasota, Florida) Camaro .016, 6.14, 6.160 @ 110.21
Runner-up: Max Nuebler III (Sarasota, Florida) .071, 8.66, 8.668 @ 79.29

Top ET
Winner: James Bunner Jr. (Bushnell, Florida) 1981 Camaro .006, 6.69, 6.703 @ 101.84
Runner-up: Joe Davide (Seminole, Florida) Dragster .15, 4.83, 4.818 @ 143.26

11.50 Index (adjusted for the 1/8th mile)
Winner: Gerry Vizzo (Land O' Lakes, Florida) 1967 Chevy II .116, 7.25, 7.287 @ 87.95
Runner-up: Paul Vizzo (Land O' Lakes, Florida) 1966 Chevy II .100, 7.25, 7.433 @ 89.83

Twin Top ET $5Ks at Maryland International’s Mountain Motor Nationals
Budds Creek, MD - Attention Top ET drivers, mark your calendars for the Mountain Motor Nationals on Friday & Saturday, May 8 & 9, 2015 at Maryland International Raceway. This event will feature a $5,000-To-Win Top ET Gambler's Race each day; Runner-Up pays $2,000 and Semis pays $750. The purse on this race also includes round money at $100 per round starting with 2nd round winners. Entry fee is $126 and buybacks are $80.

Gates open Friday at 3:00 pm; Top ET time trials start at 4:00 pm and eliminations start at 6:30 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9:00 am with time trials at 10:00 am. Eliminations start at 1:30 pm. Visit www.RaceMDIR.com for more information.

Western New York Super Rod Ass'n Announces 2015 Schedule
The Tread City Tire / Western New York Super Rod Association (WNYSRA), which is entering its second season and showcases some of the best sportsman drag racing competition in the Northeast, has announced its schedule for the 2015 racing season.

As in 2014, the WNYSRA schedule will be comprised of eight races; six at Empire Dragway in Leicester, NY, and two at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario, Canada. The season opener on the last weekend in May will feature a double-event at Empire Dragway, while Toronto Motorsports Park will host a double-event on Labor Day weekend, with the winner of the race on Saturday, September 5th being awarded a prestigious NHRA “Wally”. Phil Harnden, co-founder of the WNYSRA stated, “Jason (Oldfield) and I are very proud to announce the Western New York Super Rod Association schedule for the 2015 season. We had a very successful inaugural season, but we are going to build off of that to have an even better 2015. We think everyone will be excited about the addition of our second double race weekend.” The 2015 schedule for the Western New York Super Rod Association is:

- May 30 - 31: Empire Dragway
- June 13: Empire Dragway
- July 18: Empire Dragway
- August 15: Empire Dragway
- September 5 – 6 (Labor Day Weekend): Toronto Motorsports Park
- October 3: Empire Dragway

The Tread City Tire / Western New York Super Rod Association was founded to provide an outlet for some of the best heads-up, Pro-tree competitors in western New York, southern Ontario, and northwestern Pennsylvania to compete in one of the longest running sportsman drag racing categories, IHRA's Super Rod or NHRA's Super Gas. For more information, visit the WNYSRA website at www.wnysra.com.

Wrap-Up: American DRAGCAR at Wild Horse Pass, April 4th, 2015
Chandler, AZ - American DRAGCAR returned to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park for Easter weekend with race #2 of the AZ Differential Specialists Central State Championship Series on Saturday April 4th.

With 25 entries laddered up in DragSport Eliminator, the Fast Five consisted of Geanine Ballard with her blown ’67 Camaro in the #1 slot with a 9.133 while Mark Ballard had to settle for 2nd with the 9.160 from his blown ’58 Delray wagon. Number 3 was taken by Gary Navis in his gorgeous ’67 Camaro with a 10.011 and Willie Wray in his ‘69 Camaro clamped onto 4th with his 10.014 blast. Ron Shelly rounded out the 5 in his ’74 Vega with his 10.067 effort. (continued here)

Montgomery Raceway Park Reschedules NHRA Division 2 LODRS
The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event originally scheduled for April 17-19, 2015 at Montgomery Raceway Park has been re-scheduled to June 5-7, 2015.

Track owner Dave Elsberry and General Manager Jim Howard worked long and hard at getting Montgomery Raceway Park ready to host the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series tour. However, after receiving several inches of rain in the days prior to the event and with an unfavorable weather forecast, it was in the best interest of the racers to be proactive and reschedule.

In light of the schedule change, the 2015 JEGS Allstars points will now end at Rockingham Dragway on May 29-31. The 2016 JEGS Allstars points chase will begin its new season at Mongtomery Raceway Park’s new date of June 5-7.

The schedule for the Harley Davidson Drag Racing Series classes originally scheduled to attend the Montgomery event is being reviewed now. However with ProFuel Harley already scheduled to compete at the Joliet race that same weekend, they will not be a part of the Montgomery re-scheduled event.

North East Timing Organization Announces 2015 Schedule
For you nostalgia drag racers in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, the North East Timing Organization has announced its 2015 schedule:
  • Island Dragway April 26
  • Lebanon Valley Dragway May 9
  • Numidia Dragway May 16 & 17
  • Atco Dragway May 30
  • Cecil County Dragway June 13
  • Maple Grove Raceway June 27
  • Beaver Springs July 11 & 12
  • Old Bridge Township Raceway Park July 26
  • Island Dragway August 2
  • Lebanon Valley Dragway August 15 & 16
  • Island Dragway September 13
  • Lebanon Valley Dragway September 26 & 27
  • Atco Dragway October 3
  • Island Dragway October 18

NETO is for 1979 and older cars, front engine dragsters, funny cars, altereds, gassers, super stocks and stockers and races in two eliminators: Nostalgia for 10.00 and slower, any dial-in, .500 full tree and Competition for 9.75 and faster dial in .25 second increments, handicapped .400 Pro tree. For more info visit www.neto-nostalgia.com.

IDBL Spring Nationals at Maryland Int’l Raceway
The International Drag Bike League presents the 18th Annual Spring Nationals at Maryland International Raceway on Friday – Sunday, April 24-26, 2015.

The event will feature Orient Express Pro Street, DME Racing Real Street, Vance & Hines 4.60 index, FBR Shop 5.60 Index, Carpenter Racing Crazy 8s, Trac King Clutches Top Sportsman, Shinko Tires Pro E.T., Brock's Performance Street E.T., and Eastside Performance Grudge. There’ll also be a huge vendor midway full of motorcycle parts, apparel, and accessories.

Pro Street entry fee is $200, Real Street entry fee is $150, 4.60 Index entry fee is $150, 5.60 Index entry fee is $75, Crazy 8's racer entry fee is $50, Pro E.T. racer entry fee is 1-day $70 or 2-day $120, Street E.T. entry fee is 1-day $50 or 2-day $80, Grudge entry fee is $50 per day.

On Friday the gates open at 9:00 am with an Early Bird Test Session from 10am-5pm for $100 per bike. Friday evening there will be Test & Tune from 6:30pm - 11pm for $25 per bike. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am. Top Sportsman, Pro ET, Street ET, Crazy 8s, and 5.60 Index will start qualifying at 9am. 4.60 Index, Pro Street, Real Street, and Grudge will run at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm. Pro E.T. and Street E.T. eliminations will start on Saturday at 2pm. On Sunday the gates open at 8:00 am, and the church service will start at 8:30am. Top Sportsman, Pro E.T., Street E.T., Crazy 8's, and 5.60 Index will get one time run at 9am so be sure to arrive early. Eliminations for pro classes will start at 11:30am, and 12noon for sportsman classes.

Visit www.RaceMDIR.com for more information.

Spring Bracket Nationals at Rockingham Dragway
Rockingham, NC - Rockingham Dragway has a huge weekend of big-money bracket racing scheduled for Friday – Sunday, April 24-26, 2015 with their Spring Bracket Nationals. Classes include Top ET (electronics, 8.49 and quicker), Footbrake (no electronics) and Jr. Dragster. All races will run on the 1/8th mile. Double-entries permitted.

Top ET races are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $10,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $750 Semis and $400 Quarters. $50 Round starts with 3rd Round Win. Payouts based on 150 cars. Daily entry is $150, or buy a 3-race Weekend Tech Card for $300 (racers, that is a GREAT deal). 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $100.

Footbrake races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $2,500 win, $400 Runner-Up and $200 Semis. $30 Round starts with 3rd Round Win. Payouts based on 60 cars. Daily entry is $65, or buy a 2-Race tech Card for $100. 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $30.

Jr. Dragster races on Saturday and Sunday. Each day pays $400 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Daily entry is $25, or buy a 2-Race Tech Card for $40. Buybacks are $20.

Gates open on Thursday, April 23 from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm for parking. Gates open 8:00 am on Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 am on Sunday. For more information visit www.RockinghamDragway.com.

Wrap-Up: IHRA Summit Super Series @ Little River Dragway, April 4, 2015
Holland, TX - Despite persistent showers, Little River Dragway was able to squeeze in its IHRA Summit Super Series points opener on Saturday, April 4 2015. A huge field of cars signed in for Box (electronics), No-Box (footbrake), Street and Jr. Dragster classes on the 1/8 mile drag strip, just outside Temple/Belton. The day started with a mixture of sun and clouds dotting the skies that kept the track temperature ideal for racing. During the evening, however, the rush was on to get the full event in with showers now closing in.

Carasco Cashes In for Electronics Win
San Antonio's Carlos Carasco Sr. (right) made the long haul pay off taking home the payday against local driver Jason Ramm in the final. Carasco and his '69 Firebird had a slight advantage on the tree then held off Ramm and his dragster at the stripe. /
Carlos Carasco Sr. 6.543 (6.53 dial) @ 108.83 defeats Jason Ramm 4.682 (4.67) @ 147.16.

VanBuren Victor in No-box Final
Chuck VanBuren (left) of Windcrest got an early Easter gift courtesy of Todd Zampese from Schertz in the No-Box final. Zampese, who ran dead on his number in his newly purchased Landshark-style short wheel-based dragster went .009 red giving VanBuren the victory. Lucky break as VanBuren in his '82 Ford Mustang broke out on the big end. /
Chuck VanBuren 7.379 (7.47 dial) @ 93.19 defeats Todd Zampese 5.434 (5.43 dial) @ 124.52 (red-lighted).

In the No-box Quick final it was Larry Young (Temple, TX, right) using a .002 light to get the jump on Billy Janousek (Pflugerville, TX) who ran under his dial-in trying to run him down. With four tenths in the bank, Young in the Car Shop, Chevy II forced Janousek, in his 89 Ford Mustang to run it out the back door missing his number by .012. / Larry Young 7.230 (7.21 dial) @ 91.74 defeats Billy Janousek 6.348 (6.35 dial) @ 106.99

Street Honors to Bakker
Temple's John Bakker (left) in his '79 Chevy Malibu took home the hardware in the Street class final after Michael Wayne Turman on his Kawasaki broke in the semi-finals. /
John Bakker N/T defeats Michael Wayne Turman (broke)

Bettis Bags Jr. Dragster Bucks
Cody Bettis (DeLeon, TX) scored the Jr. Dragster win in a close finish after Kendal Little (Harker Heights, TX) broke out by .007. Both left with nearly identical reaction times but at the stripe in was Bettisn getting the victory over Little. /
Cody Bettis 7.969 (7.95 dial) @ 78.89 defeats Kendal Little 7.893 (7.90) @ 80.36.

Text and photos by JM Hallas / Little River Dragway

Modification of In-Division Claiming Events for IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour
The International Hot Rod Association™ has announced the modification of the following “in-division” claiming events for the Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour in order to better accommodate travel concerns for competitors in certain geographic regions.

“Certain divisions did not have seven events available in their division or did not have feasible options of four ‘in-division’ events that were within a reasonable travel distance,” said Mike Baker, IHRA’s Senior Director of Competition and Racing Operations.

The first modification will be the Summit Pro-Am Tour event at Union County Dragway in Union, South Carolina. It now will be included as an “in-division” claim for both Division 2 and Division 9.

The second modification is that Galot Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina, will be included as an “in-division” claim for Division 1 and Division 9. This change will provide the southern portion of Division 1 a more cost-effective option to obtain the minimum of four “in-division” events mandatory for season-ending award eligibility.

Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) promotes professional, semi-professional and local level racing for drivers of all levels. The Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is a North American professional drag racing series comprised of events in major cities throughout the United States and Canada. The IHRA also oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL and Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL. For more information on IHRA Motorsports visit www.ihra.com or the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages @IHRA.

Wrap-Up: Super Chevy at Palm Beach Int'l Raceway, March 28th & 29th, 2015
Palm Beach International Raceway recently hosted the Super Chevy Show on Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th. Saturday started out with overcast skies and temperatures in the 60s. Time runs began promptly at the scheduled 10 am start time. Opening ceremonies and eliminations ran smoothly most of the day until a brief oil down at the top end of the track halted progress in the early evening. Racing was complete just before 10 pm..

Competitors on Sunday were greeted with cloudless skies, bright sunshine, and cool temperatures. The first time runs of the day started at 9:30 am. After the opening ceremonies concluded, bracket eliminations began right around noon. Racing went very smoothly until ... (continued here)

Spring Fling at Gulfport Dragway
Gulfport, MS – Our friends at Gulfport Dragway present their Spring Fling Drags on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, with eliminators for Electronics, Footbrake and Street ET.

Electronics pays $300 Win, $200 Runner-Up and $60 Semis. Entry is $40, 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $10. Footbrake pays $250 Win, $150 Runner-Up and $50 Semis. Entry is $30, 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $10. Street ET pays $150 Win, $75 Runner-Up and $25 Semis. Entry is $20, 1st or 2nd Round buybacks are $10.

There’ll also be a $100 award for low ET set during time trials, and trophies to winners. Gates open 3:00 pm, time trials at 4:00 pm and 1st Round at 7:00 pm.

Visit www.GulfportDragway for more info.

Midnight Madness at Auto Plus Raceway
The next Midnight Madness at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, FL is set for Friday, April 24th, 2015.

Racers, this is open to all street AND race cars, trucks, motorcycles and features heads-up 1/4 mile drag racing on a fully prepped racing surface with state-of-the-art timing system. Pro / Full tree option; Sunoco Racing Fuel sold during event. New for 2015, Auto Plus Raceway will be awarding a "Best Appearing" award at every Midnight Madness event in 2015.

Gates open at 7:30 pm, racer entry is only $25. Visit www.AutoPlusRaceway.com.

Friday Nights Return to Englishtown
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park has announced the return of its Friday night racing program, albeit on a somewhat limited schedule and at the expense of the weekly Saturday program. Fridays will be open to street-muffled cars and motorcycles; events will include a gambler’s race, Top Street Motorcycle and the return of the popular Mean Street series. Top Street Motorcycle tech cards are $30 and Mean Street tech cards are $60.

Gates open at 5:00 pm and cars will take to the track at 6:00 pm. For more information about the Friday schedule, including dates, visit www.RacewayPark.com.

Door Wars at Maryland International Raceway
The 7th Annual Door Wars doorslammer race is coming up at Maryland International Raceway Friday – Sunday, April 17th – 19th, 2015.

Classes include Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (1/4 mile, no entry fee for NEOPMA members, $150 entry for non-NEOPA members), Outlaw 10.5 (1/8th mile, $5,000 Win, $1,200 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $125 Quarters, $200 entry), Outlaw Drag Radial and X275 (each 1/8th mile, each $2,500 Win, $1,000 Runner-Up, $250 Semis, $100 Quarters, each entry $100) and Ultra Street (1/8th mile, $1,000 Win, $200 Runner-Up, $75 Semis, $100 entry).

There’ll also be ¼ mile, $1,000 Win Index Challenge on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is $50 per day, buybacks are $30.

On Friday gates will open at 9:00 am for parking, testing and tech. On Saturday gates open at 8:00 a.m., gates open Sunday at 9:00 am. Visit www.RaceMDIR.com for more information.

10th Annual Spring Car Show Fundraiser in Smithtown, NY
Smithtown, NY - To our Dragtime News visitors on Long Island (where there is no drag strip but there should be), this is for you. Mark your calendars for this car show in Smithtown, NY. I realize this is not a drag racing event, but I went to this show last year and it was a lot of fun. It's also for a good cause.

St. Patrick School in Smithtown, NY presents the 10th Annual Spring Car Show Fundraiser on Sunday, April 26th, 2015 (rain date May 3th, 2015). This show welcomes all car clubs, private owners, trucks and motorcycles. First 200 vehicles receive a goodie bag, including event T-Shirt. Show features children’s activities, a variety of craft vendors, raffles, giveaways and food. Craft vendor space available.

Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission: $5.00 for adults, children are free. Admission for cars is $15.00, for motorcycles is $5.00. St. Patrick’s School is located at 280 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY. For more information please call John Forlenza @ 631-588-2696 or visit stpats.americanhotrods.com.

NHRA Division 6: Land of the Leaders ET Challenge
Attention, NHRA Division 6, we're talking to you! In 2015 the Northwest Division will once again contest the Land of the Leaders ET Challenge. The series allows racers from each track in the division to compete against racers from other member tracks from across the Northwest Division for a year-end championship. Points for the series are earned at 4 events selected by the participating track. Racers competing in the Series must have a current NHRA Competition number and Membership. Champions will be crowned in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Bike/ Snowmobile, Junior Dragster-Storm, Junior Dragster-Thunder, and Junior Dragster-Lightning. Champions will receive a Wally and Champions Jacket.

Program Guidelines:
• Must have a current NHRA Competition Number in the ET or JDRL in order to be eligible.
• Racers may compete at multiple tracks, but individual points totals will be kept at each track.
• If a tie exists for the Championship at the conclusion of the season, the following tiebreaker procedures will be followed until tie is broken: 1) Driver with most Land Of Leaders Challenge Event wins, wins tie; 2) Driver with most rounds won (at Land Of Leaders Challenge Events) wins tie (including rounds where no points were awarded. Example - 2nd round loss in a 5 round race); 3) Driver going the furthest number of rounds in their respective tracks final Challenge Series race wins tie.

For a .pdf of 2015 Land Of the Leaders Challenge Series tracks and schedules, click HERE.

Ultimate Sportsman at Montgomery Raceway Park
Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Raceway Park presents the Ultimate Sportsman Weekend on Friday, April 17th, 2015. Running in conjunction with the NHRA Division 2 LODRS at the track that weekend (Thursday, April 16th – Sunday April 19th), these bonus shootout races for Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, and Stock/Super Stock Combo each pay $2,000 Win, $700 Runner-Up, $300 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry fee is $100 with the purchase of an LODRS weekend tech card.

Thursday is for parking and credentials. Gates open Friday and Saturday at 8:00 am, Sunday at 9:00 am. For more information, visit Montgomery Raceway Park at www.MontgomeryRacewayPark.com.

Sponsor News: GM LS Solid Aluminum Race Block from RHS
This solid aluminum LS block without water jackets from RHS was specifically designed for drag racing. It's an ideal fit for classes that prohibit billet blocks and specify cast designs. Filled water jackets and A357-T6 aluminum construction improve strength and rigidity, perfect for superchargers and crank-mounted blowers. Larger head stud fasteners increase head gasket retention and accommodate the higher cylinder pressures of boosted applications. If you are ready to go all out, this is the block for you. 

The block utilizes the LSX 6-head-bolt design as in the original LS Race Block, but the head stud fasteners’ diameter has been increased to 1/2" for the inboard head studs and 3/8" for the 5th and 6th head bolts. The larger fasteners provide additional clamping force for increased head gasket retention. This is required for the higher cylinder pressures common in boosted applications.

•4.100" Bore, solid water jacket design
•Larger head stud fasteners
•Standard & tall deck options
•Strict quality control measures

Visit the page with this block on the RHS website HERE.

Top Sportsman Pros Vs. Joes at Maryland International Raceway
Budds Creek, MD - Maryland International Raceway’s twin $5,000 Top Sportsman Pros vs. Joes is Saturday - Sunday, April 18th – 19th. Each day pays $5,000 Win, $2,000 Runner-Up, $500 Semis, $200 Quarters and $100 Eighths. Entry is $175 per day, re-entry is $100.

These 1/8-mile races feature two separate fields of Top Sportsman that will compete for the $5K each day. The Pros will be the quickest 16 in qualifying each day, while the Joes will be the rest of the 5.99 and quicker field.

This event runs in conjunction with MDIR’s Door Wars. Gates open Friday at 9:00 am for test & tune. Gates open Saturday at 8:00 am with Top Sportsman qualifying at 10:00 am and eliminations at 3:00 pm. Gates open Sunday at 9:00 am with Top Sportsman qualifying at 10:00 am and eliminations at 12:00 pm.

Visit www.RaceMDIR.com for more info.

Dina Parise To Debut New Cadillac Pro Mod at Nitro Jam Southern Nationals in Bradenton

The popular Pro Mod class is headed back to International Hot Rod Association™ competition beginning with the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Southern Nationals, April 17-18, at Brandenton, Florida. Dina Parise – a former Ice Capades skater – will debut something completely different at Brandenton: a brand-new Cadillac Pro Mod.

“I grew up on Long Island, New York, and from an early age I wanted to mix it up with the boys,” Parise said. “I wanted to play hockey and my mother said, ‘No, not gonna happen.’ I always seemed to be the girl who liked all the boys’ sports. I also was a gymnast, so we decided figure skating was a better way to go.”

Parise’s love for competing on skates eventually led her to the big show. “I was competitive from age eight through my early 20s,” Parise explained. “I had a friend who told me the Ice Capades was holding auditions and suggested I try out. I had to lie about my height on my application form. They wanted you to be at least five-feet-five inches and I am barely five-one. It happened pretty quickly. They let you know if you passed or failed that night. I passed and was chosen to go on tour. My first tour was their 50th anniversary tour and it lasted eight months.” After four years on the road with the Ice Capades and also skating in other shows during the off-season, Parise decided to hang up her blades. In the meantime, Dina’s husband Andrew got involved in cars.

“About 10 years ago, Andrew built a 1967 Camaro. At first he was going to show it, then it went from a show car to a race car with a full tub and roll cage. He drove that car for about a year or so and I just fell in love with the sport of drag racing. I had seen it on TV but I had never been to a drag race. The following year, he decided he was going to build a Pro Mod from the ’67 Camaro. I said, ‘Well, I’d like to drive the ’67,’ so I went to the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School and earned my Super Gas license. I competed in that Camaro for a couple of years. Later, I was looking to step up to a higher class. My husband bought me a ’67 Camaro body. He was thinking Top Sportsman, but I said, ‘I kinda wanna go Pro Mod.’ After I picked him up off the ground we got our marketing partners together and they were able to help us.”

“To me, Pro Mod is one of the best classes,” stated Parise. “I love the fact that there are so many body styles and that the fans can relate to the cars. No disrespect to anyone but they’re not cookie-cutter and that’s the best part about it.”

Which leads us to Parise’s unlikely choice of car: a Cadillac, something always considered too elegant – and too big – to race. That was then, this is now. The luxury car brand has been heavily involved in road racing and has won several sports car championships.

“One day Rob Matheis of Rob Matheis Race Cars Inc. rang our phone and offered something a little different. Early last year, Rob approached us and said, ‘I have a Cadillac body and it seems like it would suit you.’ We weren’t in the market for a new car, but we were able to work things out where we could get the car built. We’ve taken it out testing and I made some changes. We’re going to run the Nitro Jam series and Bradenton will be our first race.”

Gulfport Dragway’s Double-Hitter
Gulfport, MS - Saturday, April 11th, 2015 will be the Double-Hitter at Gulfport Dragway for the track’s ET bracket racers. With two races in one day for Pro Electronics and Pro Footbrake, you’ll have double the chances of winning while getting some crucial early-season seat-time.

Each class pays $1,000 Win, $300 Runner-Up, $100 Semis and $40 Quarters. Entry is $40; buybacks are $20. There’ll also be a single Jr. Dragster race in the morning that pays $150 Win, $60 Runner-Up, $40 Semis and $20 Quarters. Entry is $20; buybacks are $10.00.

Time trials start at 9:00 am with eliminations immediately following. Visit www.GulfportDragway.com for more information.

Wrap-Up: American DRAGCAR at Southwestern International Raceway, March 7th, 2015

American DRAGCAR was back at Southwestern International Raceway on March 7th for the Micro Import Service Inc. Southwestern Championship Series Season IV Race #2. American DRAGCAR welcomed a number of new racers and members at the SWCS Race #2 and veteran member Jeff Morgan showed up with his new rear engined dragster while giving the altered a bit of a break, or was this just to throw off the competition instead?

After two rounds of qualifying were complete, DRAGCAR’s first and only 6 second car lead the field as Trish Williams returned with her TD/Z8 dragster posting a 6.946 new best ever DRAGCAR ET. That moved Geanine Ballard’s 9.118 into the #2 spot while Mark Ballard held onto 3rd with a 9.184. Larry Cannon was 4th with a 9.230 and Ron Shelly rounded out the top 5 with a 9.585 performance. This officially makes DRAGCAR’s quickest top 5 to date. (continued here)

Alabama Tracks Atmore and Mobile Join NHRA
Alabama dragstrips Atmore Dragway, one of the most modern eighth-mile racing facilities in the South, and sister facility Mobile Dragway have joined the NHRA Member Track Network. Equidistant to Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., Atmore Dragway opened in the 1960s and becomes a member of NHRA’s Southeast Division.

In 2012, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians reached an agreement with new track operator Gary Moore to begin a $1.5 million dollar renovation of the facility that included a completely new concrete racing surface and asphalt shutdown, new scoreboards, new grandstands, new food stands, new return roads, and new lightning. The track reopened in 2013 and joins the NHRA Member Network for the 2015 season. As an NHRA Member Track, Atmore Dragway is eligible to offer drag racers a variety of NHRA opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Jr. Street, and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. Additionally, the track has the opportunity to host NHRA’s specialty events, including the National Dragster Challenge, NHRA Summit King of the Track, and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.

“The Poarch Band of Creek Indians and Gary Moore have teamed up to rebuild an iconic NHRA dragstrip and bring it into the modern era,” said Rich Schaefer, director of NHRA’s Southeast Division. “NHRA racers in the Mobile and Pensacola areas have a fantastic facility with an experienced track operator at the helm. The variety of pre- and post-event entertainment options next to the track, along with great hotel choices, truly makes this a destination for racers and fans alike."

“We have had a great opportunity to bring Atmore Dragway and Mobile Dragway back to the NHRA member program,” said Moore, track operator. “Our racers will once again have the opportunity to win a coveted Wally trophy and race their way to becoming a Summit Racing Series national champion.”

Atmore Dragway is housed next to the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Resort, which features a variety of entertainment options for adults and families. With arcades, bowling alleys, a Jerry Pate designed golf course, multiple dining choices, and big name music entertainment, a trip to Atmore Dragway brings NHRA members and their families a complete weekend of fun. Mobile Dragway, Atmore’s sister facility, is an eighth-mile dragstrip located in Irvington, Ala., a suburb of Mobile.

PC Richard & Son Announces New Asleep at the Tree Award in NHRA Division 1
To bring awareness to their new line of mattresses and bedding accessories, PC Richard & Son along with NHRA Northeast Division have announced the new PCRichard.com Asleep at the Tree Award for all NHRA Northeast Division Events for 2015. The events are Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Events, PCRichard.com Open Series Events, Summit Racing Series ET Finals and Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Division Championships. Any and all categories contested at these events will be eligible for the award.

This unique program will provide a $100 PC Richard & Son Gift Card to the worst winning reaction time for each event. The rules are simple: the winner must have had a race against an actual opponent; broke byes, competition singles, bye runs and obvious shenanigans do not count. In case of a tie, the first racer to record the win will be eligible for the award. There will be one winner per event.

Once the individual event winners are determined, those 13 racers will be judged to see who had the overall worst winning reaction time for the entire NHRA Northeast Division Season. That racer will then receive the grand prize -- a $2,000 credit toward a mattress or bedding-accessories purchase of their choice through PC Richard & Son.

New National Dragster Top Performer Program for 2015
Attention, NHRA bracket racers, this is for you: in a new program for 2015, National Dragster will recognize outstanding bracket racers from NHRA member tracks with its monthly Top Performer award. All winners will be featured in National Dragster, and Top Performer decals will be sent to them for display on their car, trailer, etc.

The Top Performer award will be presented to racers who have excelled in recent competition such as by putting together a strong string of races, having a single outstanding day of competition, or even making a great single run, such as with a perfect package. To nominate someone else or yourself for the Top Performer award, email racer information and the reason for consideration to nd@NHRA.com. Include a photo to go with the story if your nominee is selected.

New 11.50 Index Class To Debut At IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals
The International Hot Rod Association will debut a new class – No Throttle-Stop 11.50 -- at the April 17-18 Nitro Jam Southern Nationals in Bradenton, Florida. The class will allow “no-box” racers to compete in a heads-up index format at select Nitro Jam event weekends. In addition to the April 17-18 Bradenton event, NTS 11.50 also will be contested at Nitro Jam events at Maryland International Raceway (June 19-20) and US 131 Motorsports Park (August 7-8).

“This class is a way to introduce heads-up racing to a large number of No Box competitors who want to try old-school index racing without major changes to their vehicles,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA’s Vice President of Race Operations. “We will be testing the viability of the class in these distinct regions on the IHRA’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series. We look forward to seeing how this class develops throughout the year.”

NTS 11.50 prohibits delay boxes and throttle stops, while mechanical fixed or “restrictor plate” style methods of slowing the car will be allowed. To help grow the class, IHRA memberships will not be required for the first year. Winners in the NTS 11.50 class will be awarded a coveted IHRA Ironman trophy and $1,000. The runner-up will receive $500. During this trial run, the NTS 11.50 class will not award points and racers who enter this class will not be allowed to compete in other Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour classes.

For more information and a complete set of rules for the NTS 11.50 class, CLICK HERE to view the IHRA Supplemental Rulebook beginning on page 27.

Wrap-Up: IHRA Summit Super Series Bracket Racing at PBIR, March 21st, 2015
Racers in Palm Beach International Raceway's Summit Super Series E.T. Bracket Racing program started time runs for Race #7 on March 21st making impressive passes. However, as eliminations began the race was plagued by an unusual rain storm which positioned itself directly over the drag strip. The heavy down pour halted the racing action for an hour, along with another two hours of track prep before it got back underway. An additional time run was given to all racers due to the newly prepped track. Once race 7 was completed, race 8 began with no more stops for weather. Racing concluded at 1:20 am on Sunday morning.

Top Eliminator (Box)
Race #7
Robert Owens (pictured) of Malabar, Fla. started the day off as the No. 1 qualifier with a pass of 5.975 ET. Owens continued through eliminations running within .01 seconds of that qualifying run each pass. In the final, Owens faced off against David Bledsoe of Pembroke Pines, Fla. Bledsoe in his '06 Mullis dragster red lighted at the start giving Owens the victory. Owens dialed in a 5.97, running a 5.966 ET at 114.23 mph in his final pass.

Race #8
In race 8 it was Bruce Liberman of West Palm Beach, Fla. that made an impressive move in the points standings during this race. After race 7 Liberman found himself in the 13th position, 112 points out of the lead, which all changed when he took his Spitzer dragster to victory. After finishing runner up in race 7, David Bledsoe found himself in the final again facing Liberman for the win. Bledsoe dialed in a 4.75 hitting it right on the mark with a pass of 4.750 ET at 144.94 mph. Liberman dialing in at 4.95 missed his mark by .001 as he ran a 4.951 ET at 139.52 mph. Overall, it was Liberman taking victory from his .010 RT to Bledsoe's .015 RT. By taking victory, Liberman moved up to 3rd place in the points.

Super Eliminator (No Box)
Race #7
In No Box, Doug Parlamento (pictured) of Lake Worth, Fla. qualified first and never looked back. Knocking out Sonny Freelan, the 2015 points leader, in round 3 Parlamento marched his way into the finals. John Taylor of Ft. Pierce, Fla. faced off against Parlamento for the final. In the end it was Parlamento with a dial in of 7.10 seconds running a 7.11, 97.97 mph to take victory over Taylor.

Race #8
In race 8 of No Box it was Jeremy Jarosz of Boca Raton, Fla. who qualified first. Jarosz was knocked out in round 4 by Ethan Doty of Margate, Fla.. Doty continued on to the final to face the 2015 points leader Sonny Freeland from Hollywood, Fla. In the final it was Freeland dialed in at 6.12 seconds to run a 6.177, 102.14 mph to defeat Doty dialed in at 9.67 seconds, running 9.770, 75.62 mph. The victory has now extended Freeland's points lead to 93.

Other winners were Jennifer Craft (Jr. Dragster, Race #7), Amanda Foley (Jr. Dragster, Race #8), Rodney Pimetal (Street Bike, Race #7) and Tom Ivy (Street Bike, Race #8).

Friday Night Street Racing at Beaver Springs Dragway
The Friday Night Street Racing series at Beaver Springs Dragway runs from April through October, showcasing street performance enthusiasts and more, with six classes of competition. Racing is conducted on a .500 Pro tree. Eliminations use a handicapped start by dial-in, with breakout rules in effect. Winners and Runners-Ups each receive a trophy.

Classes for 2015:
Top Street: Eight low ET street legal cars from time trials. Modified Street: for domestic and import cars and trucks that are modified with either headers, power adders, tin work etc. True Street: unmodified domestic and import street cars and true bone-stock trucks. Unmodified drive line with factory headers, no additional power adders, no slicks. DOT tires. Bike: real street-legal bikes on a DOT tire. Extended swing arm is limited to 6 inches. No slick, power adders or wheelie bar. Outlaw Street: for any vehicle that isn’t licensed or inspected or is running open headers. Real race cars are legal. Bikes with extended swing arms over 6” will compete in Outlaw. 1/8 mile ATV: all ATVs are legal. No restriction on modifications. In all classes except Outlaw and ATV, all vehicles must be licensed, inspected and run through the mufflers with working head lights and tail lights.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with open time shots between 5:30 and 7:30. Top Street qualifying starts at 7:30. Eliminations kick off at 9 p.m. Racer entry $25.

Skyview Drags’ Perfect Pass Fund for ET Bracket Points Racers
Skyview Drags and longtime supporter Precision Crankworks have just announced that they will sponsor a Perfect Pass fund starting with the 2015 race season and continuing until it has been claimed.

Racers must be registered points racers at the track. They must compete in a non-trophy class (Super Pro, Pro, Bike/Sled, Street Money or Junior Dragster) and the Perfect Pass must be won during a points race competition elimination round.

After each points race, the Perfect Pass fund will grow by $20 ($40 for Double Points races) and will continue to grow until it is claimed by one lucky racer. Skyview Drags thanks Don & Kathy Kiekel for offering such a great opportunity for our racers.

US-13 Dragway Joins IHRA Family of Tracks
March 27, 2015 (Norwalk, OH) -- IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) have announced U.S. 13 Dragway, located in Delmar, Delaware, has signed a sanctioning agreement to join the IHRA as a member track.

Constructed in 1963, U.S. 13 Dragway is one of the country’s longest-running tracks. U.S. 13 Dragway was constructed by the Cathell family, sole owner-operators of the facility throughout its 52-year history. U.S. 13 Dragway currently is managed by the founders’ son, Charles Cathell. The historic quarter-mile drag strip near the Delaware-Maryland border is part of a 155-acre motorsports complex that also is home to a dirt oval track and go-kart racing facility.

“We are pleased to welcome the Cathells and the revered U.S. 13 Dragway to our growing IHRA family,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “U.S. 13 Dragway is one of the most respected tracks in the country and we are impressed by their efforts to maintain a friendly atmosphere toward racers and fans alike.”

“We decided to join IHRA because we perceive it as being easier to work with new customers – racers – coming in,” said Cathell. “My parents built the track in 1963 and since its inception there have been growing pains. But we do not own another business. Our only income comes from the drag strip, speedway and go-kart facility. This is not a hobby for us. The family, staff racers and fans are excited for this new partnership with the IHRA.”

While the track was born during drag racing’s golden age, Cathell says its biggest moment in its 52-year history was the U.S. 13 Dragway 50th anniversary celebration. “It was a real tribute to my parents,” said Cathell. “It was the largest crowd we’ve ever had. This family-owned-and-operated business is proud to acknowledge that over the 52 years we have witnessed more than three generations of fans and racers coming out to support the facility.” For more information on U.S. 13 Dragway, please visit www.delawareracing.com.

Free Racer Appreciation Test Session at Maryland Int'l Raceway
Maryland International Raceway will be inviting its Speed Unlimited E.T. Series racers to a free “Racer Appreciation Test Session” on Saturday, April 4, 2015 for Top E.T., Mod E.T., Motorcycle, and Junior Dragster racers. Gates will open at 10:00 am. Racers will be able to come in early and park for the day and get their pre-season tech completed. There will also be a free test session from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm for Top E.T., Mod E.T., Motorcycle, and Junior Dragster racers that purchase a tech card for the E.T. race on April 4th.

Jason Miller, MDIR Vice President & General Manager stated, “We know that the Speed Unlimited E.T. Series at MDIR is one of the toughest bracket racing programs in the country. Many of our racers freshen up and tweak their combos every year, and we wanted to provide them with a free test session at no charge to make sure their cars and bikes are running at 100% before official time runs start at 2:00 pm. We have received so much positive feedback from our E.T. racers on our new guaranteed purses for 2015 that we wanted to take it one step further by adding a “Racer Appreciation Test Session” too. Thank you to all of our E.T. racers for your support, and let's make the 2015 season the best one yet.”

For more info, visit www.RaceMDIR.com.

PTE Adds Khalid Al Balooshi To Pro Mod Team As Second Driver
Precision Turbo and Engine will be adding a second car to its NHRA Pro Mod team for the 2015 season. In addition to the twin turbocharged 2014 Camaro driven by Don Walsh Jr., PTE will also field a 1968 Camaro which will be driven by Khalid Al Balooshi.

Although many may recognize his name from his time behind the wheel of the Al-Anabi Racing team’s Top Fuel dragster, Al Balooshi has also had an extremely successful Pro Mod career and is very excited about getting back in a Pro Mod. His numerous accolades include being named the 2011 NHRA Pro Mod champion, and having won the Arabian Drag Racing League (ADRL) Pro Mod championship three years in a row. Since 2001, Al Balooshi has racked up more than 150 career wins in Top Fuel, Pro Mod, Outlaw, and Super Street classes combined.

Al Balooshi’s new ride – the’68 Camaro doorslammer owned by Harry Hruska, President of Precision Turbo and Engine – had been previously campaigned by both Walsh and Brad Personett. It features a set of Precision Turbo and Engine NHRA-legal 88mm GEN2 Pro Mod CEA® turbochargers as well as AFIS spark plug wires, PurePower! oil filter, and Brisk Racing spark plugs.

New Text Message System for Numidia Dragway
Numidia Dragway has announced a new text message system for the 2015 season. To sign-up for the new service, text "drag" to 71441. Numidia Dragway management states, “We are creating a new list. If a racer has signed-up with us in the past, they will need to sign-up again to receive updates.”

In other Numidia Dragway news, the track is gearing up for its Opening Day of the 2015 season on Friday, April 3rd with the Street Legal Drags. Gates open At 5:00 pm, time trials at 6:00 pm and eliminations at 8:00 pm. Then on Saturday, April 11th, Numidia will host a chassis certification day. Call 570-226-2237 to reserve your spot.

Visit www.numidiadragway.com for more information.

Wrap-Up: Lang Wins Pro Mod Showdown in the Swamp at PBIR
Palm Beach International Raceway held its Pro Mod Showdown In The Swamp on March 7-8. As qualifying concluded it was "Fast" Frank Cersosimo on top (pictured below), running an impressive 3.944 ET at 190.14 mph. The second spot went to Kenny Lang (pictured bottom) in the Summit Racing '69 Camaro behind by only 0.029 seconds. When the race began on Sunday it was these two drivers that continued on through the elimination rounds running consistent ET's with each pass.

Cersosimo faced off against Khalid Albalooshi, former Top Fuel Dragster pilot and Pro Mod Champion, in the semi-finals. The staging bulbs were lit, green light came on and off they went. At the top end it was Cersosimo with the win light running a 3.982 ET at 189.79 mph. After facing one former champion, "Fast" Frank found himself up against another in the final. Kenny Lang, who had been improving on his car setup with each pass, was now ready to go up against the No. 1 qualifier for the final.

The '02 Killer Instinct Viper of Cersosimo approached the tree in the LKQ lane while the '69 Camaro of Lang staged in the Gordon & Donor lane. The tree was lit but there was a red light. Cersosimo jumped the gun ultimately finishing runner-up to Lang who ran a 4.061 ET at 188.73 mph.

2015 NHRA Rulebook Available for Download; Division 1 Office Relocates
ATTENTION NHRA RACERS, make sure you stay current with the rules for 2015. The 2015 NHRA Rulebook is available for download as a .pdf. and is available by clicking HERE.

In other NHRA news, the Northeast Divison (Division 1) office has relocated to Lancaster, PA. The new address and phone numbers are:

NHRA Northeast Division
2420 Gehman Lane, Suite 200
Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone: (717) 584-1200
A.A. Auto Salvage Presents "The King/Queen of the Dot-90" Program

A.A. Auto Salvage has announced the return of their King/Queen of the Dot-90 program. This program will reward $100 to the first run 8.900, 9.900, or 10.900 in Super Comp, Super Gas or Super Street respectively on a winning run at all Northeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Events in 2015. If a dead-on run is not made at an event, the money for that category will carry over to the next event.

At the end of the season, the various winners of this award will be invited to participate in a winner-take-all $500 “Dead-On Zero Tournament” at the first Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in 2016. During the first scheduled time run session, each contestant winning the award in 2015 will have a chance to run 10.900, 9.900, 8.900 on their respective class index (8.90, 9.90, 10.90). If no one runs dead-on with a zero on the class index, then the tournament will carry over to the scheduled second session. During the second session, the racer running closest to the dial without break-out for their respective class will win the contest. If a tie remains, the best overall package will be declared the winner (for example, a SST racer runs 10.901 and a SG racer runs 9.901, the tie will be broken with the best reaction time (red-lights not included, unless all affected drivers red light).

Upgrades Will Make Great Lakes Dragway Greater
Great Lakes Dragway (GLD) in Union Grove, WI is counting down to its opening day on March 28, 2015, and when the track’s racers arrive they’ll see the many upgrades that have been completed or started during the off-season. Among the improvements are an updated tower with new stairs, a new entrance sign, a concrete safety wall at the top end, repairs to the track surface at the starting line, a new Emergency Response Vehicle that was purchased by the support of GLD’s race fans who purchased season passes, and a remodeled top-end safety tower that will have new stairs, a new roof, new windows and a beacon light to alert track crew when there is a breakdown or a safety concern in the shutdown area.

Check out the track’s 2015 schedule here, and when you go to race at GLD make sure to thank Randy and Claire for the upgrades they’ve done to the track for their racers

Nostalgia Nationals at The River
For our old school racing friends in the great Lone Star State, the Southwest Heritage Racing Association (SHRA) presents the Nostalgia Nationals at Little River Dragway in Holland, TX on March 21, 2015.

Classes include Nostalgia Eliminator 1 (4.65 Index), Nostalgia Eliminator 2 (5.00 Index); Nostalgia Eliminator 3 (5.50 Index), two Bracket classes (Electronics and No Electronics) and Nostalgia Super Stock.

Nostalgia Eliminator fields will be 8 car sportsman ladder fields with 8 or less cars. If 9 or more cars, the field will be run on a 16 car sportsman ladder. NE 1 is reserved for center steer altereds and front engine dragsters only. Left handed steer "nostalgia bodied" roadsters, Anglias, Topolinos, etc (‘48 or earlier style) can run in NE 2 & NE3. All engine combinations are allowed.

In Bracket Electronics Class, any 1982 or earlier bodied car including door cars, front engine dragsters, altereds, roadsters, rods or gassers. Electronics are permitted, including delay boxes and trans-brakes.

In Bracket No Electronics Class, any 1982 or earlier bodied car including door cars, front engine dragsters, altereds, roadsters, rods or gassers. Footbrake only. Trans-brake permitted for reverse purposes only. Shift solenoids permitted. Delay boxes must be removed.

Gates open at 8:00 am, with open time runs at 10:45 am and time trials at noon. For more information about the SHRA, visit www.SHRAracing.com. For more information about Little River Dragway, visit www.LittleRiverDragway.com.

Club News: NPW / Karbelt Sponsors DSE Sportsman Series Announcer’s Choice Award
For our friends up north, National Performance Warehouse / Karbelt will return to title sponsor the DSE Sportsman Series Announcer’s Choice Award as well as contribute $100 Parts Pro Centers Gift Certificates to the award winners at each DSE Event this summer.

The Announcers Choice Award is given to one Car/Team each weekend of a DSE Sportsman Racing Series Championship Points weekend. Chosen by DSE Sportsman Racing Series Announcer Bill Richards, series photographer Stacee Kenington and Toronto Motorsports Parks Announcer Rob Potter, winners of this fun prize often poses some or all of the qualities of being a unique combination, best appearing vehicle, or best performing vehicle during that weekend of competition.

National Performance Warehouse (NPW)/Karbelt is one of the largest Speed and Custom parts distributors in Canada, and with their partnership with AAM Parts Pro, consumers have access to hundreds of Products lines at the over 40 Parts Pro Performance Center locations that can be found in Ontario.

Continuing with their dedication of supporting the Canadian Performance market, Karbelt/National Performance Warehouse will be presenting a special feature at the upcoming Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo on March 13-15. The KARS Expo will have displays and Reps from over 60 Performance Parts companies including Auto Meter, Edelbrock, Howard Cams, Richmond Gears, Quick Fuel and many more.

The first Karbelt/National Performance Warehouse Announcers Choice of 2015 will be handed out during the 4th Annual DSE Season Opener June 6-7 at Toronto Motorsports Park.

Photo: Stacee Kenington

Hanna Motorsports Jets to Appear at NHRA National Events
From our friends at Hanna Motorsports...
Enfield, CT – March 5, 2015Al Hanna, President of Hanna Motorsports Jets today announced an agreement with NHRA and Senior Vice President-Racing Operations Graham Light, for the appearance of the teams jet funny cars, the 'GOJO Firebird' and the XLERATOR 'Top Secret' Firebird, at four 2015 NHRA National Events. Their 4 event tour will begin at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL Mar 12-16, 2015.

The team will have both cars on display the opening day of each event and drivers Rich Hanna and Ken Hall will meet fans, explain the workings of their unique machines, and sign autographs. "Running NHRA National Events is very prestigious, and we're really looking forward to meeting and performing for the NHRA fans", said Rich Hanna. Said Hall,"Rich and I are both from long time NHRA racing families and running these events is a dream come true for me."

In addition to the Gatornationals, the team will run several additional events including the 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, NC, March 27-29, the Toyota Summernationals, Englishtown, NJ, June 4-7, and the Keystone Nationals, Reading, PA, October 1-4.

The Hanna Motorsports Team fields three exhibition race cars, and appears at more than 70 events each year across the US. In addition to the two jet funny cars, the team also fields the all-new and revolutionary "Queen of Diamonds II" semi-streamliner 300 MPH Jet Dragster driven by Jill Fazekas. Recently, the team took the new dragster to Aerodyn/A2, the NASCAR wind tunnel complex in Mooresville, NC, and ran the car through its paces making more than 25 major tests in the tunnel. This is the first time a jet dragster has ever been wind-tunnel tested, keeping with the advanced technological approach of the team to this unique category of jet exhibition machines.

2016 will be the 50th year of Al Hanna's career in professional drag racing and in 2014 Al and Ellen Hanna celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They look forward to the future and the success of professional drag racing. Learn more about Hanna Motorsports at www.hannamotorsportsjets.com.

Bruce Cooke On Location: IHRA Summit Pro-Am Series at Immokalee, FL

Our friend and fellow racer Bruce Cooke (left) was on hand at the IHRA Summit Pro-Am at Immokalee Regional Raceway in Immokalee, FL, having made the trip all the way from Michigan.

He was kind enough to share some of the photos he took at the event, and kind enough to wear his Dragtime News t-shirt!

Click HERE to go to the photos...

Palm Beach International Raceway Bracket Racing
Palm Beach International Raceway hosts it’s bracket racing program for Top ET (Box), Super ET (No Box), Street Bike and Jr. Dragster on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Top ET pays $1,000 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $50; buybacks are $25. Super ET pays $800 Win, $400 Runner-Up, $125 Semis and $50 Quarters. Entry is $40; buybacks are $20. Street Bike pays 50% Win and 25% Runner-Up. Entry is $30; buybacks are $15. Jr. Dragster pays $150 Win, $100 Runner-Up and $25 Semis. Entry is $20; buybacks are $10. All races are 1/8-mile.

Gates open at 8 a.m., time runs start at 10:00 am. Visit www.RacePBIR.com for more info.

Sponsor News: Jiffy-tite Named Official Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings of IHRA
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) has announced Jiffy-tite as the Official Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings of the IHRA.

Headquartered in Lancaster, New York, Jiffy-tite has been the preferred manufacturer of fluid connectors for the industry and original equipment sector of the automotive industry since 1963. There are in excess of 400 million Jiffy-tite devices in more than 20 brands of vehicles worldwide, including: Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Dodge, Mercedes-Benz, Harley Davidson and Caterpillar. Proven by years of research and development in the lab, on the track and on the dyno, Jiffy-tite offers a full line of motorsports quick-connect fittings. Designed for racers by racers, these revolutionary quick-connect fluid fittings provide unsurpassed performance under extreme racing conditions and can replace nearly any fitting in any location. Made of light-weight, high-quality aircraft aluminum with brass valves and stainless steel ball bearings, Jiffy-tite fittings are lightweight and corrosion resistant for long life.

“We are proud to be the Official Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings of IHRA,” said Jiffy-tite Motorsports Manager Duane LaFleur. “There has been a tremendous buzz in the drag racing community since the IHRA press conference at the PRI Show and we are excited about what we have been hearing. After meeting with IHRA executives, we decided to partner with them. We are excited about the IHRA’s new direction and the opportunities it offers.”

The next IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series event will be held March 13-14 at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, Louisiana. The IHRA Nitro Jam Mardi Gras Nationals will feature AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley-Davidson and Jet Dragster competition.

For more information about Jiffy-tite, visit motorsports.jiffy-tite.com.

Maple Grove Raceway's Banquet Crowns 2014 Champions

More than $30,000 in cash, trophies and contingency awards was handed out during the ceremony to the top 48 Maple Grove Raceway drivers in the four Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series classes, Universal Technical Institute Jr. Dragsters and the ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout.

The season champions for the Money Trail Series had their turn in the spotlight as Brock Moshier (Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro and Ciccarone Racing Products Pro), Dave Raser (P.C. Richard & Son Street), Joe Stuebner (Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike), C.J. Ketterer (UTI Jr. Dragster) and Mark Petit deMange (ATI Stock-Super Stock) were recognized in their respective classes.

Moshier, of Lititz, Pa., was the first Maple Grove bracket racer to win two classes since Paul Werner claimed both Pro and Street in 2007. In Super, he beat runner-up Scott Lorish by 24 points, amassing 510 points. It was his first championship in that class. Moshier’s Pro championship was his third in the past four years. The final margin of victory was a little more substantial as he had 604 points to beat Gary Simpers Jr. by 34 points.

Raser, of Oxford, Pa., prevented Werner from winning a third consecutive Street championship and did it in convincing fashion. Raser’s final point total of 659 was more than 100 ahead of Werner, who finished with 555. It was Raser’s third championship; he last won it all in 1989.
Another racer returning to the top of his class was Stuebner, from Hamburg, Pa., in Top Bike. In taking his first title since 2011, Stuebner had 491 points to beat runner-up Danny Boyer by 25 points for his sixth championship.

Stuebner also earned a bonus, by taking the 2014 E.T. Shootout at the NHRA Keystone Nationals last October. He won a golf cart, sponsored by D&G Golf Carts, Potty Queen, P.C. Richard & Son and Awesome Vinyl. It was Joe’s second triumph in this annual event.
A pair of brothers were on top of Jr. Dragster standings. C.J. Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa. took the top spot with 521 points, just 14 ahead of Jeremy Ketterer. It was C.J.’s first championship.

Taking the Stock/Super Stock Series in 2014 was Petit deMange of Oxford, Pa. He had 158 points to beat runner-up Tony Curcio by 36 points

The 2014 MGR Walk of Fame class of Tony Elmo, Paul Thimm Sr., Scott Weney, Bobby Yohn and Dale Thierer was inducted by Lex Dudas and Kent Lewis. A total of 78 people have been inducted since Maple Grove introduced the Walk of Fame in 2003. Elmo started his career at Maple Grove in 1986, manning gates and stubbing spectator tickets. In his 27-year career he worked at almost every position in the Event Services Department. He became Event Services Director in 2004 and turned Maple Grove’s department into one of the best in drag racing.

Thimm has been a fixture at Maple Grove since the early 1970s, first as a racer, then as a mentor. He helped develop Paul Thimm Jr. and Kevin Robb into great racers and champions. The third generation is now competing in Jr. Dragsters with grandson Kyle Robb. He also spent time on MGR’s starting line crew.

Weney, who passed away late in 2014, was a regular racer at Maple Grove, but was best known for the customer service he provided as the head of S&W Race Cars. When Maple Grove began the Walk of Fame, Weney was quick to involve S&W in making the trophies. The company also made Money Trail championship trophies.

Yohn began as a racer before joining the MGR staff, working his way up to chief starter. Eventually, the NHRA brought him aboard to work with NHRA’s chief starter, Buster Couch, at selected national events. His career was cut short when he died tragically in 2000.

Thierer, who also passed away in 2014, was a highly respected Top Fuel dragster racer, who won the NHRA Division I championship in 1971. In 1973, driving for Maple Grove’s Lewis Brothers in the Sparkling Burgundy dragster, he almost won another title. After taking several years off, he returned to racing in 2005 in a nostalgia Top Fuel dragster and enjoyed more success.

IHRA Names Bill Stephens as Nitro Jam Lead Announcer
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) have announced veteran television and radio personality Bill Stephens has been hired as lead announcer for IHRA Nitro Jam events.

“We are pleased to welcome Bill Stephens, a respected broadcaster, into our IHRA Nitro Jam family,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “His talent, broadcast style, wealth of experience and intense knowledge of motorsports will add much to the quality of our IHRA Nitro Jam events, both at the track and on our live Internet feeds.”

Over his 42-year career, Stephens – who also has authored three books – has been seen on CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, Fox, Fox Sports Net, SPEED, The Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Velocity, The Outdoor Channel, The Family Channel, and HDNet. He has covered virtually every major automobile racing series, including drag racing, stock cars, Indianapolis cars, Sprint Cars and sports cars.

“This is a truly outstanding opportunity for me in large part because of the tremendous game plan the IHRA has developed,” says Stephens. “It’s completely devoted to giving their fans a racing experience unlike any other in the motorsports world. President Scott Gardner and his team including Skooter Peaco, Jason Rittenberry and Steve Cole have truly stepped up the energy and excitement at the IHRA and it’s a thrill to be coming onboard.”

Stephens will join the IHRA team at the April 17-18 IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals at Bradenton (FL) Motorsports Park. For more information, visit www.IHRA.com.

Wrap-Up: IHRA Summit Pro-Am Series at Immokalee
Ralph Hester, operator of Immokalee Regional Raceway in southwestern Florida, is pleased with the turnout for the Summit Pro-Am Series presented by AMSOIL season opener. The doubleheader weekend kicked off both Immokalee’s 2015 season as well as the IHRA Summit Pro-Am Series presented by AMSOIL campaign. “Our event’s car count grew from 25-30% over last year,” Hester said. “It’s the biggest race we’ve ever had. We sold 276 tech cards and 269 cars went down the track in the first round. We had approximately 25 drivers that had never raced with us before. It’s our season-opener, our biggest race of the season and something we look forward to every year. We’ve had this race for 12 years now and we’ve always been the first race, being in Florida. It means a lot for us to have that race."

Publisher's note: our friend and fellow racer Bruce Cooke (right) was on hand at the event, having made the trip to Immokalee from Michigan. He was kind enough to share some of the photos he took at the event, and kind enough to wear his Dragtime News t-shirt. Bruce will also be submitting his own On Location report from the event which we'll publish next week. Thanks, Bruce!

RESULTS - Two complete races were contested and there were no repeat winners in any classes:
HOT ROD
Winner: Troy Williams Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) 7.00 sec./108.67 mph.
Runner-up: Matt Beer (Naples, Fla.) 6.99 sec./113.55 mph.
Winner: Larry Flynn (Lutz, Fla.) 7.025 sec./103.64 mph.
Runner-up: Troy Williams Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) 7.085 sec./101.86 mph.

STOCK
Winner: Merrill Schrimscher (Lake Mary, Fla.) 7.165 sec./93.38 mph.
Runner-up: Jeff Adkinson (Damascus, Ga.) (fouled) 6.64 sec./93.42 mph.
Winner: Leonard Mattinsly 6.382 sec./103.95 mph.
Runner-up: Larry Hambey 7.468 sec./81.45 mph.

QUICK ROD
Winner: John Brannen 5.70 sec./137.45 mph.
Runner-up: John Labbous Jr. (Whitehouse, Tenn.) 5.699 sec./138.72 mph.
Winner: John Labbous Jr. (Whitehouse, Tenn.) 5.697 sec./134.17 mph.
Runner-up: Brandon James (Loxahatchee, Fla.) (fouled) 5.664 sec./135.26 mph.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Winner: John Taylor (Naples, Fla.) 4.99 sec./117.96 mph.
Runner-up: Jim Perry (Niota, Tenn.) 19.56 sec./44.07 mph.
Winner: David O’Bryon (Naples, Fla.) 5.154 sec./130.26 mph.
Runner-up: Bill Powell (Stuart, Fla.) (fouled) 8.060 sec./55.70 mph.

SUPER ROD
Winner: Steve Furr 6.413 sec./125.10 mph.
Runner-up: Michael Ruff (Orlando, Fla.) 6.397 sec./121.75 mph.
Winner: Wayne Bogle (Cocoa, Fla.) 6.403 sec./123.97 mph.
Runner-up: Todd Thompson (Naples, Fla.) 6.404 sec./121.13 mph.

TOP DRAGSTER
Winner: Steve Dweck (Hollywood, Fla.) 4.924 sec./131.73 mph.
Runner-up: Gary Marshall (Ft. Myers, Fla.) 4.831 sec./140.41 mph.
Winner: Stanley Albritton Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) 4.681 sec./141.38 mph.
Runner-up: Keith Russell (Jupiter, Fla.) 4.733 sec./139.93 mph.

SUPER STOCK
Winner: Mike Pearson (Tampa, Fla.)6.322 sec./106.69 mph.
Runner-up: Anthony Bertozzi (Ashland, Va.) 5.690 sec./118.05 mph.
Winner: Mark Nowicki 5.968 sec./106.61 mph.
Runner-up: Jeff Lewis 6.229 sec./107.76 mph.

JR. DRAGSTER BEGINNER
Winner: William Craft (Melbourne, Fla.) 13.008 sec./47.93 mph.
Runner-up: Troy Carpenter (Melbourne, Fla.) 12.023 sec./54.39 mph.
Winner: Julian Puya (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 11.85 sec./54.43 mph.
Runner-up: Logan Westmoreland (Greenwood, S.C.) (fouled) 11.982 sec./52.13 mph.

JR. DRAGSTER ADVANCED
Winner: Brooke Debonis (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 9.168 sec./67.61 mph.
Runner-up: Troy Carpenter (Ft. Myers, Fla.) 9.067 sec./67.75 mph.
Winner: Courtney Mee (Naples, Fla.) 8.904 sec./68.10
Runner-up: Michael Carpenter (St. Petersburg, Fla.) 8.8610 sec./72.02 mph.

JR. DRAGSTER MASTER
Winner: Camryn Fredrickson (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 8.577 sec./66.03 mph.
Runner-up: Gage Burch (Palmetto, Fla.) (fouled) 8.242 sec./64.75 mph.
Winner: Samantha Hollingsworth (Greenwood, S.C.) 7.934 sec./80.70 mph.
Runner-up: Camryn Fredrickson (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 8.298 sec./75.03 mph.

Nitro Jam Southwestern Nationals: Round-Up of Pro Winners
Pro winners of the Good Vibrations Nitro Jam Southwestern Nationals, held Feb 6-7 at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, AZ. (clockwise from right):

Mike McIntire (AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car), Cary Goforth (U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock), Jay Turner (Nitro Harley-Davidson), Lyle Byrum (CIFCA Funny Car) and Elaine Larsen (Jet Dragster). Photos: Chris Simmons.

DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series Debuts New Bike Class
For our two-wheeled racing friends in Canada, the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series will be debuting a new class this summer for beginner street bike riders looking to learn the ins and outs of the sport while doing so in a no-pressure environment.

To enter, racers will pay the regular track gate fee with tech cards being available at the DSE Sportsman Series Registration trailer for just $5. Street Bike Eliminator Winners will take home a DSE Iron Tree Trophy with class Runners-Ups taking home special plaques. The class will be open to any street legal bike that runs on treaded DOT tires and has no bracket racing aids such as wheelie bars, delay boxes, air shifters or any other electronic that is non-OEM style Equipment. The class will be run as a bracket style category, however it will utilize a staggered .500 Pro Tree.

Sponsoring the class for 2015 is Dundas Valley Hobby (DVH) located just outside of Hamilton in Dundas Ontario. Opened in 1992 by Robin Philp, DVH features three floors and wide selections of R/C cars, slot cars, plastic model cars, model railroading as well as numerous other Hobby paints and supplies.

Series Director Andrew Stirk is excited to see this new class added to the series. “The creation of the Dundas Valley Hobby Street Bike Eliminator is a strong addition to the DSE Series, and really helps solidify our positon in being able to say that we offer a class for everyone regardless of what they race or their experience level. We felt we needed a class similar to our existing Street Car class, but designed for bike racers to come and learn without the pressure or stress of having to race against purpose built drag bikes/sleds or cars. The bonus will be that it will be cheaper to run in our Street Bike Class than it will be to just test and tune.”

The first Event in the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series is the 4th Annual Season Opener which takes place June 6th -7th at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. The DSE Sportsman Racing Series features six different Championship Classes and a point’s structure where racers claim their best 8 out of 12 point’s races during the season. For more information on the Series and its Marketing Partners, please visit www.SportsmanRacingSeries.ca. Photo: Stacee Kenington.

The Mid Atlantic .90 Association Honors 2014 Champions at Banquet

Despite snow, ice and frigid cold northeast temperatures, The Mid Atlantic .90 Association celebrated its 2014 champions in Trevose, Pa. recently. Roughly eighty racers along with their families made it out for the celebration. Before the hardware was handed out to the champions, some special awards were given out.

The sponsor of the year was given to Super Gas racer Bob Phillips and his company ACD Throttle Controls. Bob was instrumental in introducing the "Best Losing Package" for 1st round losers in all three categories in 2014. Next up was the "Rookie of the Year" and that was given to young Mac Dougherty. Mac was able to record a victory at Cecil County in June and a great 16 round wins in his first season behind a big car. Two new awards were added for this season. The "Wrench of the Year" was given out to a deserving crew member who goes above and beyond the call of duty. This award was given out to Derek Clark's crewman Mike Holland. Holland is always seen helping out throughout the pits helping fellow racers when he's not helping out Clark. The last award was given to "Driver of the Year." This was given to MASGA racer Matt Schurman who had an outstanding season winning 56% of the races he was in.

After those awards were handed out it was time to move onto the 2014 Champion Presentations. Keith Mayers was the champion in the Mid Atlantic Super Street Series. Keith was no stranger to being a champion as he has claimed two IHRA World Championships in 2005 and 2010. In 2014 Mayers claimed victories at Maple Grove in May and Cecil County in August along with becoming the Inaugural Autometer Top 8 Shootout Winner.

Taking a look at the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Series. Matt Schurman claimed his first MASGA Championship to go along with his Divisional and National Open Championships. Schurman claimed three victories and a runner-up and clinched the championship at Race #9 at Atco.

Rounding out the three series was the Mid Atlantic Super Comp Series. Claiming the championship was Don Bangs out of Southampton, Pa. Bangs started out the season with a victory at Race #1 and ended it with a winner-take-all final at Race #10 to claim his first championship.

The Mid Atlantic .90 Association's 2015 season that will start on May 2nd at Atco Dragway in Atco, NJ. Photos: Marlee Nichols.

2014 MASCA Champion Don Bangs

2014 MASGA Champion Matt Schurman

MASGA racers Tom Goldman and Earl Nichols made these cool trophies for the champions

Wrap-Up: American DRAGCAR at Southwestern International Raceway

While most of the focus of drag racing in Arizona was on the recent NHRA National event being held at Chandler's Wild Horse Pass, the racers of the American DRAGCAR series filed into Tucson's Southwestern International Raceway on the morning of Saturday, February 21st for the Micro Import Service Inc. Southwestern Championship Series Season IV opening event that was blessed with beautiful weather and a track that was outstandingly manicured. Some racers had some snags with their cars during qualifying but everybody managed to make the first round eliminations call when all was said and done. (continued)

Milan Dragway's 2015 Schedule
Attention to our racing friends in Michigan: Milan Dragway has released its 2015 schedule, which is available for download by clicking on the image to the right. Opening day is Saturday, April 11th.

For more information about Milan Dragway, visit www.milandragway.com.

New England Dragway's Jr. Dragster Program Splits in Two for 2015

New England Dragway's East Coast Outdoor Power Equipment Jr Dragster Program will be contested in 2 different classes for the 2015 season. Classes will be divided into two age groups: 6-9 year olds and 10-18 year olds. The first class will be comprised of 6 & 7 year olds which are restricted to 13.90 seconds or slower ET, and 8 & 9 year olds restricted to 11.90 seconds or slower ET. The second class will be comprised of 10-12 year olds which are restricted to 8.90 seconds or slower ET and 13-18 year olds which are restricted to 7.90 seconds or slower ET. New England Dragway feels this will create a more relaxed atmosphere for the younger competitors and increase their odds at bringing home some hardware. All NHRA safety rule apply to both classes.

New England Dragway will also introduce the new Trainee class that NHRA has created for 5 year olds. This class is for noncompetition single passes only. The Trainees are restricted to 20.00 seconds or slower ET. A special note to the 5 year old Trainee class and the 6 & 7 year old competitors. This group is restricted to the use of the factory sealed Briggs & Stratton 206 engine. These programs will be run in conjunction with the VP Racing Fuels ET Series.

Jr. Dragster King of the Track race added for 2015
On Saturday October 17, 2015 a Jr Dragster King of the Track Race will be contested between the champions of the two E.C.O.P.E. Jr Dragster Classes. Race will be conducted on a best 2 out of three runs. The race will be run at the conclusion of the Buddy Scurto Memorial Jr Dragster Bracket Race. If the two competitors are eliminated early in the Bracket race we will start the King of the Hill race early.

For more information about New England Dragway, visit newenglanddragway.com.

Skyview Drags Announces 2015 Schedule
The 11th season of drag racing at Skyview Drags includes four 2-Day race weekends, three double points races, and a host of special events all leading up to the IHRA Bracket Finals 09/30 - 10/04.

The track's first Points Race will be held on Saturday, 05/09. There is a 2-Day race scheduled for Memorial Day weekend on Saturday 05/23 & Sunday 05/24, with Sunday's race being the first double points race of the season. Another 2-Day race is scheduled for Saturday 06/06 & Sunday 06/07.

On Saturday 06/20 is the special Girls Gone Racing event in addition to normal points races. The Northern Summer Nationals 2-Day race will be held on Saturday 07/04 & Sunday 07/05, with Sunday's race being the second double points race of the season. In addition, the Pro Stick Racing Series returns on Saturday, 07/04.

The Mid-Season Points Race will be held on 07/18 and then the track is closed for our break on Saturday 07/25. On 08/01 is the IHRA Ironman Classic for Super Pro, Pro, Bike/Sled, Street Money & Junior Dragster racers. On 08/08 is the annual Chad Wilcox Memorial Bike/Sled Shootout in addition to normal points races.

Labor Day weekend will bring the final 2-Day race on Saturday 09/05 & Sunday 09/06, with Sunday's race being the last double points race of the season.

On 09/19 is the last day of qualifying points to crown Summit Super Series Champions in Box, No Box & Junior Dragster classes and end the qualifying period for making the team that will travel to Pittsburgh.

Skyview wraps up their season on 09/26 with the Halloween Classic, which is the final points race of the season. Because of the change to the Bracket Finals dates, the Halloween Classic is only 1 day this year so that if any of the racers break that weekend, they have Sunday - Wednesday to make repairs and still get to the Bracket Finals to race for the team.

For more information about Skyview Drags, visit www.skyviewdrags.com.

Mountain Park Dragway Releases Its 2015 Big Events Schedule
Mt. Park Dragway ("MPD") has put together another year of special events for bracket racers.

MPD kicks it into gear in April with the Spring Championship paying “Tres 3Ks” or $3,000 to win in 3 different races for delay box racers and $1,000 to win for no box cars. The Memorial Classic comes up next with $5,000 to win each day plus 32 car shootouts for delay box racers and competition for no box, 1/4 mile Super Street, and Junior Dragsters. The Ultimate 64 Shootout comes up in June featuring the richest 64 car field in the country paying $50,000 to the winner plus 3-10Ks and more. July is another month with a multi-day special event as the 7th Annual Hillbilly Showdown fires up July 4th weekend and features a $10,000 win 64 car field plus big money box & no box and exhibitions and fireworks on Saturday night.

  • Sat - Sun, April 11-12: Spring Championship
  • Fri - Sun, May 22-24: Memorial Classic
  • Fri - Sun, June 12-14: Ultimate 64 Shootout
  • Fri - Sun, July 3-5: Hillbilly Showdown
  • Sat - Sun, Aug 15-16: George & Joey Memorial
  • Sat - Sun, Sept 19-20: Fall Championship
  • Sat - Sun, Sept 26-27: Mopar Southern Classic
  • Sat, Oct 3: King Of The Bluegrass
  • Fri - Sun, Oct 16-18: Ken-Mor Bluegrass Nats
  • Fri - Sun, Nov 14-16: Toys Thanksgiving Classic

Get more information on their website www.mpdragway.com.

Sponsor News: Auto Meter Supports Canadian Race Series
Our friends at Auto Meter Products are returning for their third season supporting the Canada-based DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series, contributing $2,000 in certificates towards the Year-End Championship Fund which will reward top points racers in Super Pro, Modified, Super Bike/Sled and Quick 16 during this next season.

“We are truly excited and greatly appreciative to have Auto Meter Products return for another season to support both our racers and the series” said Series Director Andrew Stirk. “ We think it's great to have the support of such a notable manufacturer backing our series in such a notable way.” Racers will be eligible to win the Auto Meter Certificates as well as thousands of additional dollars in cash and prizes by joining the DSE Sportsman Series Points Membership Program this Spring. Racers will be able to join the membership at various auto shows the series will be attending in the coming months, or by downloading and mailing in a points registration form with payment that can be found on the Sportsman Series website.

Auto Meter is an industry leader in performance instruments, which includes gauges, tachometers, consoles, battery testing and charging equipment. Auto Meter also owns Dedenbear Products, which produces delay boxes, nitrous controllers, shifters and throttle stops & controllers for those running in the .90 classes in the NHRA and IHRA.

The first event in the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series is the 4th Annual Season Opener which takes place June 6th -7th at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. The DSE Sportsman Racing Series features six different classes and a points structure where racers claim their best 8 out of 12 points races during the season. For more information on the series visit www.SportsmanRacingSeries.ca.

Photo: Darwin Kent

Maple Grove Raceway's Index Series Returning in 2015
Maple Grove Raceway will once again present a season of index racing in 2015 with cars competing in three classes: 8.50, 10.00 and 11.50. It’s been described as doorslammer racing meets bracket racing. One thing’s for sure, Index Racing brings out the best in competition as racers go heads up, leaving the starting line at the same time and racing down the quarter-mile to the finish line. Races are scheduled for:
  • May 9: A special race for 11.50 cars only. The winner and runner-up will be part of a special eight-car showcase eliminator at the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Joining the Maple Grove entrants will be two cars each from Atco, Cecil County and Raceway Park.
  • June 28
  • Aug. 29
  • Sept. 19

Entry fee for 8.50 is $100, while 10.00 and 11.50 is $55. Throttle stops/controllers and/or delay boxes/devices are prohibited in all classes. For complete rules and payout information, visit the Index Series info page at Maple Grove’s website HERE.

Top 10 Challenge at Memphis International Raceway
Memphis International Raceway announces the Top 10 Challenge in 2015. The new program will give racers a chance to see where they rank during weekly events this year. Racers that participate in Test N Tune, Midnight Madness and Street Warz can battle it out for a top spot, bragging rights and prizes.

The Top 10 Challenge will consist of two qualifying sessions at each event and racers will be ranked fastest to slowest by their ET. Times will not be published on the top-10 list so participants must place "NT" on their windows. There is no additional fee to enter and it is for door cars only.
The top 10 from Test N Tune, Midnight Madness and Street Warz will compete against each other in a final showdown on Friday, September 25 during Midnight Madness.

Racers who compete in the challenge and rank in the top 10 will receive a one-time free entry in the R.T. Turbines DOT/Street class during the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams. In addition, the top three from Test N Tune, Midnight Madness and Street Warz will receive plaques and passes to the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals featuring the Nitro Jam Nationals. The overall winner of the MIR Top 10 Challenge will be named "King of the Track" and walk away with $500 in prize money; the remaining nine will receive $50 each.

The Top 10 Challenge will kick-off during the following events: Test N Tune on Thursday, March 5, Midnight Madness on Friday, March 20 and Street Warz on Friday, April 3, and will continue all season log until the finals on September 25. For more information, please visit www.RaceMIR.com.

Jeff Lopez’ COPO Camaro Ready for Stock Eliminator in NHRA D4

Jeff Lopez will be driving his Ace Door-sponsored 2014 COPO Camaro in NHRA Division 4 Stock Eliminator during the 2015 season.

Jeff would like to thank Todd and Allen Patterson from Patterson Racing Inc for their help in setting up the COPO.

TNT Super Series 2014 Top 5: 1st Place - Jason Vitez
Jason Vitez of Elma, NY dominated the 2014 TNT Super Series points chase by taking the lead right from the first race. He won that race back in May at Empire Dragway taking out past TNTSS champion Ted Barnes. Vitez then continued to lead the points most of the season going rounds at multiple events and capitalizing on new qualifying points system. He gave up the lead briefly to Barnes in August but then took it back decisively with another event win on Labour Day Saturday night over the 2014 Rookie of the Year, Pete Maduri Sr. (continued)
Numidia Dragway Announces Payout Updates for 2015 Season
Numidia Dragway has announced payout updates for the 2015 season in Super Pro ET and Pro ET bracket classes. Super Pro will pay a guaranteed $2,000 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $60 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Super Pro entry is $80; buybacks are $60.

Pro ET will pay a guaranteed $1,500 Win, $500 Runner-Up, and $50 Round starting with 2nd Round win. Pro ET entry is $60; buybacks are $50.

Opening Day for Numidia Dragway will be Friday, April 3rd for the Friday Night Street Legal Drags. The track’s 2015 schedule is now available for download by clicking HERE . For more information about the track, visit www.NumidiaDragway.com.

Rockingham Dragway’s Valentine’s Day Test & Tune; ATI To Sponsor Pro Tree Doorslammers Class
For those of you who are in a committed relationship with your race car, what better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than Rockingham Dragway. The track opens its gates for the first time in the new year on February 14 to host the initial event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune Series.

“I know it’s not where you might usually celebrate Valentine’s Day, but why not?” asked ... (continued)

Montgomery Raceway Park's Super 7 Series Opener

Attention to our racing friends in Alabama, get ready to light ‘em up at Montgomery Raceway Park’s 2105 series opener of the Super 7 Series. This three day event is Friday – Sunday, February 27th – March 1st.

Super Pro races all three days. Friday’s payout is ... (continued)

In The Paging Lanes: Drag Racing Takes Center Stage in PRI's January Issue
Once again, Performance Racing Industry confirms how important the drag race market is to the industry by devoting an entire issue to our sport. And notice the cars they chose for their cover: Sportsman cars!

I'm proud to have been included in this article numerous times (you can see one of the mentions in the highlighted area below). You can read the entire issue online HERE.

If you're involved in the business end of the drag racing market, such as an engine builder, chassis shop, speed shop, etc., and have never attended the annual PRI Show, you don't know what you're missing. You can get a complete look at the 2014 show by visiting our Dragtime News On Location coverage HERE.

For more information about Performance Racing Industry, visit www.performanceracing.com.

NHRA Division 1 Chassis Certification Dates; Bracket Finals news

The National Hot Rod Association has announced a schedule of Division 1 chassis certification dates. Contact each track directly for arranging for a certification.

  • February 28 & March 1 - Virginia Motorsports Park
  • March 7 - Atco Dragway
  • March 14 & 15 - Mason-Dixon Dragway
  • March 14 - Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park
  • March 21 & 22 - New England Dragway
  • March 21 & 22 - US 13 Dragway
  • March 21 - Island Dragway
  • April 4 - Lebanon Valley Dragway
  • April 11 - Numidia Dragway
  • May 2 - South Mountain Raceway
  • May 16-17 - Luskville Dragway

In other NHRA Division 1 news, as many of the D1 racers are already aware The Summit Racing Series ET Bracket Finals will be at Atco Dragway in 2015. What you might not know is the track operators have voted to do a rotation for ET Finals location as follows: Lebanon Valley Dragway (2016) , Numidia Dragway (2017), US 13 Dragway (2018) and Atco Dragway (2019). The Summit JDRL Division Championships will return to Numidia Dragway for 2015.

IHRA 2015 Summit Pro Am Season Opener at Immokalee

The first race of the 2015 International Hot Rod Association's Summit Pro Am set a record for entries over the weekend at Immokalee (Fla.) Regional Raceway. Competition was fierce: Two complete races were contested and the final rounds of eliminations produced no repeat winners.

Weekend winners included: Troy Williams and Larry Flynn (Hot Rod), Leonard Schrimscher and Leonard Mattinsly (Stock), John Brannen and John Labbous Jr. (Quick Rod), John Taylor and David O'Bryon (Top Sportsman), Steve Furr and Wayne Bogle (Super Rod), Stanley Albritton Jr. and Steve Dweck (Top Dragster), Mark Nowicki and Mike Pearson (Super Stock), William Craft and Julian Puya (Jr. Dragster Beginner), Courtney Mee and Brooke Debonis (Jr. Dragster Advanced) and Camryn Fredrickson and Samantha Hollingsworth (Jr. Dragster Master). (continued)

Heads Up Index Program Outline for 2015 NHRA Division 2 Southeast Events

For the 2015 season, the NHRA Southeast Division will continue to run a “Heads Up” Index class at all of its Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events. In an effort to maintain and grow the participation in the Index class, the 2015 program will be combined into one single eliminator category of an 11.00 second index. There will not be a 10.00 or 12.00 eliminator category this season. Now entering its 5th season on the NHRA Southeast schedule, the purse has been restructured to show more parity with the primary classes on the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule. The purse will paid in round money, which starts with racers eliminated in Round 3. The “Heads Up” category now pays $1,000 to win and $400 for runner-up. Entry fee for the class will be $125 for the car/driver. The class will continue to be a part of the season points championship program. Points will be earned by counting a driver’s best 5 finishes from the presently scheduled 7 events in 2015. The winning driver will receive an NHRA Division Championship Wally, a Division Champion’s jacket, and a “Gold Card” for the 2016 Heads Up program.

All rules and requirements remain the same as previous years, and mirror those of the GENERAL REGULATIONS sections of the 2015 NHRA rulebook with the following clarifications specific to the NHRA Southeast “Heads Up” category:

Eligible Vehicles: Reserved for full-bodied cars with full fenders, hoods, grille, top, windshield, all other windows, and functional doors. No open-bodied cars of any description are permitted. Tree Type: The class will run on an 11.00 index with a .500 Pro Tree. Ladder Type: Sportsman. Also, the same car and/or driver combinations may compete in one other eliminator (Super Street, Super Gas, Super Comp, Stock, or Super Stock only) and Index class only.

For more information, visit the NHRA Division 2 website at www.nhradiv2.com.

Through The Lens of Dave Milcarek: Atco Dragway Awards Banquet

Look at this cool montage that our friend Dave Milcarek assembled from his night at the Atco Dragway Awards Banquet! Thanks for sharing with us, Dave. To see all of his excellent drag race photography, visit Dave Milcarek Photography at www.DaveMilcarek.com.

TNT Super Series 2014 Top 5: 3rd Place - Tom Coonly
Tom Coonly from Blasdell, New York drove his 1975 Chevy Nova to a third place finish in the 2014 Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series. With 657 points, Coonly was in contention right up until the final race of the season..

After winning the second race at Cayuga in early June, Coonly drove to the semis at Lancaster and followed that up with a runner-up in the Sister Act Band SHOOT-OUT at Empire in August. Another final round on Labour Day weekend at Cayuga and then strong qualifying performances to end the season put him solidly in third place. (continued)

Maple Grove Raceway Will Repave To All-Concrete Racing Surface
Mohnton, PA - Maple Grove Raceway's quarter-mile, NHRA-sanctioned drag strip will undergo a significant facelift in order to create a better, more consistent racing surface for its racers. The track will be torn up beginning at the 770-foot point of the track and will continue past the finish line. The track currently is concrete from the starting line to the 770-foot point. The old paving will be replaced to create an all-concrete drag strip from start to finish.

"We are making a significant investment in the... (continued)

Rockingham Dragway Announces 2015 Schedule
ROCKINGHAM, N.C.Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood announced a comprehensive 2015 schedule that for the first time in 17 years features the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series along with the PDRA Pro Mod Series, the AMRA all-Harley Motorcycle Series, the Dieffenbach Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism and even a race that uses manpower instead of horsepower.

The track will open on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for the first event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune Series and two weeks later will play host to the annual Racers Appreciation weekend featuring free entry for all ET racers.

The first of Rockingham’s feature races will be the second annual... (continued)

Pro Mod Test Session In February At PBIR

Pro Mod teams will have a test session at Palm Beach International Raceway coming up on February 9th – 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. All Pro Mods are welcome to participate in this testing week, regardless of which organization they race in. It is also open to the public to come watch.

Danny Rowe, driver and owner of the Agave Underground Tequila Pro Mod team, is one driver who is more than ready to get back on the drag strip and start preparation for the 2015 season. (continued)

East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association's 2015 Schedule

The East Coast Stock / Super Stock Association has announced its 2015 schedule, which includes races at Atco Dragway (Atco, NJ), Maple Grove Raceway (Mohnton, PA) and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (Englishtown, NJ. (continued)
John Force To Wear Bowtie in 2015

YORBA LINDA, CA - John Force Racing, Inc. and Chevrolet announced that they will be joining forces to back the 18-time NHRA Funny Car championship team starting with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The multi-year agreement will see all three John Force Racing Chevrolet Camaro Funny Cars adorned with the iconic gold bowtie as well as the JFR Top Fuel dragster.

“John Force is a champion and a legend both on and off the track, as a driver and as a team owner,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “John Force is a racer’s racer and a... (continued)

Auto Plus Raceway Kicks Off 2015 With A Win
A message from Auto Plus Raceway, Gainesville, FL - "What a great event the New Year's Bracket Bash turned out to be! First off, thank you to all of the racers that made the drive and spent their hard-earned cash to participate in this event. We had 70+ cars in our No-Box class, and around 90 in the Box category. As a result, we decided... (continued)
Good Vibrations Motorsports Named Title Sponsor for 2015 Southwestern Nationals
The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) has announced that Good Vibrations Motorsports has been named title sponsor for the season-opening Southwestern Nationals at Southwestern International Raceway, as well as presenting sponsor for IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ (NJDRS) events in Spokane and Edmonton. In addition to expanding their role with the IHRA's premier series, Good Vibrations Motorsports will also return as sponsor of the IHRA's Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories... (continued)
Michigan Racer Porcelli Wraps Up Championship 2014 Season, Plans Upgrades For 2015
Our friend and hard-core Michigan bracket racer Vince Porcelli checked in recently to let us know how his 2014 season went, and it sounds like it went pretty well! Said Vince, “In 2014 we won the Top ET Championship at Ubly Dragway in Ubly, MI. We were the Opie Top Dawg winner for the 5th time in a row at Lapeer Dragway in Lapeer, MI. We were on the Ubly Bracket Finals team for IHRA in Martin and got down to 3 cars and red lit.” (continued) 
Pro Mod Returns To IHRA in 2015
The IHRA has announced that Pro Modified will return to IHRA competition in 2015 led by class sponsor Crower Racing Products. The class will feature quarter-mile competition and an open field at most all Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events... (continued)
TNT Super Series 2014 Top 5: 4th Place - Ted Barnes
Driving his Chevy-powered Datsun 510, Caistorville Ontario's Ted Barnes finished fourth in the 2014 Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series championship points chase with 625 points.

Barnes, who also happens to be the TNTSS Director of Operations, started the season with a runner-up finish at Empire Dragway and quickly ... (continued)

Maryland International Announces 2015 Schedule
Maryland International Raceway has announced its 2015 schedule. The 2015 MIR schedule will consist of 104 race days with the season opener on March 7-8. Signature special events in 2015 will include: Performance Swap Meets, Door Wars, Mickey Thompson Tires IDBL motorcycle events, NMRA Ford Nationals, Mountain Motor Nationals, Custom T’s Grudge events, War on Wheels events, IREV Import events, IHRA Nitro Jam President's Cup Nationals, ... (continued)
A Message From S&W Race Cars
Spring City, PA – In the wake of the sudden and unexpected loss of S&W’s President Scott Weney, his extraordinary team is standing strong, straight, alert and focused. The Weney family and their management group assures the motor sports community of S&W’s commitment to deliver innovation and excellence as the company has done for over 55 years. (continued...)
New Year’s Bracket Bash at Auto Plus Raceway
Gainesville, FL - Hey, Southeast bracket racers! You’ll have two days after New Year’s to sleep it off and get yourselves together for the New Year’s Bracket Bash at Auto Plus Raceway on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015.

The classes are Box and No Box. The payouts are the same in each: $2,500 Win, $750 Runner-Up, $200 Semis and $100 Quarters. Entry is $65, buybacks are $35.

All races are 1/8th mile. Throttle-stops allowed in Box; door cars only in No Box. One driver can enter the same car in both classes. Two drivers cannot double the same car in a single class.

Gates open at 9:30 am with time runs at 11:00 am. Visit www.AutoPlusRacway.com for more information.

Booming 2014 PRI Trade Show Fuels Optimism in Racing Industry
Three days of enthusiastic buyers packing the aisles and shopping the latest technology from more than 3200 booths generated record numbers at the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. “It’s been a great Show,” said John Kilroy, PRI Trade Show producer (pictured right). “The PRI Show is often a reflection of the state of the racing industry. From what we saw, the state of the industry has some real strength and momentum to it.” (continued...)


Look for an in-depth Dragtime News On Location from the 2014 PRI Show to be published soon. Stay tuned...
Michael Harrigan and Wildcard Racing Preparing For Nitro Jam Competition in 2015
Florida racer Michael Harrigan and Wildcard Racing has been busy at work testing at Palm Beach International Raceway with the team’s fuel altered with Paul Smith as crew chief and help from Paul Richards and his crew. They also have a new body in the wings that will be coming out shortly. Says Harrigan, “We will start testing with our Plymouth Duster body next February in preparation for some Nitro Jam events starting in Bradenton. This is a new car for us. The Duster will be our primary body. Right now we’re making cosmetic changes to it and plan on painting it early 2015. It will be different than any Dusters currently available.

We've tested with the fuel altered body the last few months of 2014 and will be testing for the IHRA Nitro Jam series early 2015 at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR). So far we will be competing in the Bradenton and West Palm Nitro Jams and will add additional races through the year. We will also match race with the Duster and fuel altered at special events/match races. We may have drivers license in or rent our equipment as well.

Our crew is small and consists of friends who work for Paul Smith and Paul Richards (both nitro funny car teams). Our shop is based out of West Palm Beach Florida and our home track is Palm Beach International Raceway (IHRA).”

Sponsors for 2015 are Tempstar Heating and Cooling Products, A.G. Air Conditioning and Heating Service, Florida Brake and Truck Parts and SG Fabrications.

Attn., Pro Mod Racers: Upgrade Your Stroud Safety Drag Chute To Comply With NHRA Rule Change
A message from our friends at Stroud Safety: “Per NHRA rule Section 20: General Regulations, Frame: 4, 4:8 Parachutes (Page 19): '…Parachutes must have their own independent mounting with sleeved 3/8-inch minimum steel bolts or steel pins required for all applications unless otherwise stated in Class Requirements. The use of ball-lock pins for parachute mounting prohibited.'

For $150.00, we will upgrade your Stroud Chute to comply with the new regulations. We will also inspect your chute thoroughly for any damage that may affect proper operation and safety of your chute. If any damage is found, we will inform you of repair cost or if you need a new chute. Call us at 405-632-2022 if you have any questions or if you need to discuss your particular concerns or requirements.”

Visit Stroud at www.stroudsafety.com for more information on Stroud Safety drag chutes and launcher systems, restraint systems, ballistic containment, fire suppression systems, fire suits and more. Check out Stroud’s Chute Packing video HERE. Be sure to like Stroud Safety on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stroudsafety.

TNT Super Series 2014 Top 5: Phelps Tie at Fifth
Upstate, NY - For the first time in the eight years of the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series, there is a tie in the top five. Harris Phelps and his father Harry both ended up with 614 points in the 2014 championship points chase. Both drivers made multiple late round appearances including semi-final finishes for each of them. That, in addition to each earning qualifying points at every race and they both finished in fifth place.

Harris Phelps
Out of Marion, New York, Harris started the season strong with back to back semi-final finishes and continued by going rounds at all but two events. His goal in 2015 is to get a TNTSS win and qualify for the REVS Full Throttle Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS.

Harris and his dad have never met in eliminations until this year. "For the first time ever we had to race each other in eliminations with dad going .499 red to my .535 to send me to the semis at Cayuga. Then we ended the year racing each other with the tables turned and me going .499 red to his .535 at Lancaster to send him to the semis which ended up tying us in the points."

Harry Phelps
Finishing with a 8-8 win/loss record, Newark, New York's Harry Phelps talked about how that is usually not enough to finish in the top ten, let alone the top five. "With the new point system with double qualifying points I was able to make the top five by getting qualifying points at every race," said Harry.In the eight races that counted for his season points, Harry averaged over 21 qualifying points per race.

Harry added, "The car I’ve used for most of the season and the past 30 years is a 1969 Nova with a 468 big block capable of 10.30's at 130 mph." Harry sold that car and finished the season in a 1977 Pinto with a 434 small block Chevy, which has run 8.78 at 153 mph.

For more information, visit www.tntsuperseries.com.

2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Series Opener at Southwestern International Raceway
Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, AZ will play host to the annual IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season opener at the 2015 Good Vibrations Motorsports Southwestern Nationals presented by Budweiser, February 6-7, 2015 at SWIR. On the IHRA Nitro Jam schedule every year since 2011, the annual season-opening race in the desert has gotten bigger every year. With its unique collection of cutting-edge racing technology, throwback nostalgia drag racing and a thrilling jet-powered fire show, the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series has something for fans of all ages.

The 2015 Good Vibrations Southwestern Nationals will feature two full days of championship drag racing at Southwestern International Raceway. Fans will see all of the cars on the property get two shots at qualifying for the elite field on Friday, February 6 followed by the intense racing of eliminations on Saturday, February 7. Both days will feature sportsman racing throughout the day, plus activities for the entire family during the IHRA Fan Fest.

Among the Nitro Funny Car stars that will be in attendance in Tucson are the top five drivers from the 2014 IHRA championship standings including defending IHRA Nitro Funny Car champion Jason Rupert in the Bays & Rupert “Black Plague” Camaro. Other drivers scheduled to compete include, “Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders, Mike “McAttack” McIntire, Tim Boychuk in the “Forever Forward” Pontiac and Bruce Litton in the “US Male” Vega in a true showdown in the desert. In addition to IHRA’s regulars, the event will also feature competition from the CIFCA Funny Car organization, providing double the Funny Car racing in Tucson.

The US Bounty Hunters Pro Stock category is another popular class that will return to SWIR in 2015. These 220 mph machines roar down the quarter-mile in the low six-second range and feature some of the most impressive and cutting-edge technology in the sport today. Defending class champion Cary Goforth will lead the field into Tucson, joining father Dean Goforth with Goforth Racing, the Black Diamond Motorsports team of John DeFlorian and Kevin Bealko and a full field of Pro Stock teams.

For more information on the 2014 Good Vibrations Southwestern Nationals presented by Budweiser, visit www.nitrojam.com.

New England Dragway To Celebrate 2014 Champions
Attention, friends and racers of New England Dragway: join the track on January 31, 2015 to celebrate the 2014 track champions. This year's event returns to the Double Tree Boston North Shore and promises an elegant evening filled with excitement. It's the culmination of hard fought battles in all of New England Dragway's points classes including the VP Race Fuels ET Series. It's a great event for the entire family thanks to the Coco Key Water Resort. In fact, New England Dragway racers and fans can make it a getaway weekend thanks to special pricing offered by the Double Tree and Coco Key.

Tickets are going fast and space is limited so act now. Purchase your tickets online at Banquets Tickets or call (603) 679-8001 today. And don't forget to ask about special price tickets for the kids. Room Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 978-777-2500 or online at Hilton.com (use code "NED").
Real Pro Mod Association Welcomes Lamb Components
Lamb Components joins a growing list of companies showing their support for the Real Pro Mod (RPM) Association as a sponsor. During the 2015 NHRA Pro Mod series, Lamb Components will participate in the RPM Round Rewards program, giving cash bonuses to drivers for their accomplishments on race day. Lamb will also provide products to be raffled off to racers attending the RPM drivers meetings on Friday mornings of each race weekend.

Lamb Components, Inc designs and manufactures drag racing front suspension components, brake systems, shocks and related products. The company states that they were the first to develop carbon disc brakes for drag racing in 1987.

Pirrone & Ellershaw and the Return of the SUPER CAMARO
Pirrone & Ellershaw Racing with Al Liebmann will campaign a 1970 tribute version of the Super Camaro funny car as part of the newly created "Classical Nitro AA/FC" group along with the Frantic Ford Mustang AA/FC. Long smoky burnouts, dry hops and side-by-side period-correct racing will be just like in the era of 1970s funny cars.

The Super Camaro will feature a state-of-the-art new nostalgia funny car chassis along with a period looking fiberglass body with all the latest safety equipment, making it legal to run at all NHRA & IHRA tracks.

The original Super Camaro came out of a partnership between Ray Gallagher and Perry Wyatt from Detroit. The construction began in 1968. Tom Smith of Wolverine Chassis was contracted to construct the chassis. Perry Wyatt built the all-steel 427 Chevrolet engine and the Torqueflight trans as well has the 9-inch Ford rear. The 427 used a low rise Hilborn four port injector on top of a Chet Blazik-prepped 6-71 blower. The chassis was suspended with ladder bars out back and coil overs up front. Rear wheels were American Bear Claws with Five-Spoke Americans up Front. Construction delays prevented the Super Camaro from hitting the track until the Spring of 1970. By that time it was basically obsolete. It was raced mainly at Detroit Dragway, Milan Dragway, Motor City and US-30 in Gary, IN, the Super Camaro ran a best of 7.83 @ 200.89 mph.



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